The Jajauwurong got their stone for hatchets from the creek bed
at Norman Simpson's at Charlotte Plains – where the bridge was.
Major's mother’s elder sister lived there and her son got them.
Major told him that the people at Lake Hindmarsh wanted
some and he got them. [His - crossed out] Major's father & his brother took them
up there and changed them for spears, weapons of all kinds,
possum rugs +c. They changed them at a big meeting of
the tribes and the exchange was at the [?Jaine?]. It was
there that marriages were arranged because men were
there from all parts.
When a boy was made ganitch he is not allowed to eat
the female of any animal, [??] [keep - crossed out] keep any from the
female animals, even not to “get willum the scent of them”.
He cannot eat Emu. Indeed a man cannot do that until
[ther - crossed out] his whiskers or beard are getting to be gray. Then when
he has eaten some emu he waits when night sets in
stand by his fire till morning watching for a falling star.
Whenever he sees one he stirs the fire with [his stick - crossed out] the
point of his stick and say loudly Prr–prr –prr. This he
must do whenever he eats Emu. After a time the old men
get some Emu fat and one of these [rubs it - crossed out] comes up stealthily
behind + rubs it over his face. After that he can eat Emu
without taking any precautions.
There is not any prohibitions as to eating his
“animal” (totem) or that of any other persons. But no one
must injure or kill his “brother” the “bat” or her “brother” or one of the
small hawks. When women kill a bat & bury it - up in the
camp a great fight results between the men and them,
because a bat is the “spirit” of a man, and the [?Yarhtgurk?]
(the fern owl) is the spirit of a woman.
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