(eastern side river only) from Little Plain River (N. S. W.) to the Coast in Victoria. He also
states that the only prohibited marriages he is aware of are with the children of the
father's or mother's sister or brother - i. e. first cousins. The wife is considered, after
marriage, to belong to the husbands tribe and the same of the offspring.
Informant could not give the meaning of the names of the tribe - "Māap" and
"Māapkoolong", and that totems and class names are not used in the tribe.
Senr Constable James may state that he regrets that the inform
ation he has been able to supply in the foregoing has been so long delayed
and is so meagre, but will endeavour to obtain and forward fuller on the
return to the district of a number of the Māap tribe who are absent on
harvesting work + have been on shearing trips. The Senr Const's informant
(Jemmy Lawson) is not very intelligent, altho' he speaks good English. The
fact is he smokes too much Opium and has been so long with the whites
that the Senr Const fears he really knows little about his own tribe or
their language or customs. The Senr Const saw + questioned informant's mother
(Loah) and his sister (Māak) but could get nothing out of them, they sent
Jemmy Lawson as better informed than themselves.
F. James, Senior Constable of Police
Bendock, 6th February 1876
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