1. Class Totems Murri Iguanna [sic] = Bun'yal Kubbi Bowerbird = Baarl'il B. snake = Mullaringaru Leatherhead = Thau'ru'doon Bullen Bullen = Burrine-Brine-'brine Bream = Bunjar Turtle = hay am'haa [Haiu y ?? - crossed out] Bandicoot = wirry Pellican [sic] = Doo'roo' Ridah Crane = girrah'-gah Spoon bill = Birry'-hun'gah Black diver = goon'dool'gue[Narry gurral - crossed out] Paddy Mellon[sic] = Dargoon Magpie = [Nully yuudee?] Crow = War-'gārn Eglehawk [sic] = Gnerah fly = Maar'-gooies Blue fly = Bull'illy Wallaby = Nrr-ā-gao Crab = Thirr-bee Scrub turkey = Gaor'narn'guine Opossum = Pao'gie
Class Totem Ipai X Kangaroo = gaalah KumboGillah =girrah B- duck = gom-dune-'gull Scrub turkey = War'-gooh'-gah Codfish = Girr'ali'yee Red Snake = Garru = Bdiamond lizard = Thrornine Crawfish = Mao'rar'moo'roo' tiger snake = Mill'ah'aru gaen horse fly = Mao'rao'gnine Mosquito = Boo'roo'ane Small black ant = Melgiddy Meat ant = Nar'ah'ree' water rat = Moog'gee Terantular [sic]= Moor-fine Emu = Nooring Walleroo = Narr'ah'goo frog = Tharndie tree frog = Bill'harl green frog = Burrendigel
1. can you learn which of the sub-class Ipai-Kumbo totems married with the several Murri-Kubbi / totems? you have given kangaroo and Iguana kangaroo and opossum, [iguana - crossed out] [and Kangaroo - crossed out] what about all the other totems ?
Letter of 1.12.07
"Long time ago black fellows were like Kangeroo's [sic] and Iguannas [sic], then " old fellow black fellow here comes, and call himself "Birrah-nooloo" [Birral-mooloo -written above] 4 (God) he been watch [watch - written below] Kangeroo [sic] & saw that some lay at the [and saw that some lay at the - written below] foot of the tree while others [foot of the tree while others- written below] lay further away in the [lay further away in the - written below] shade of the foliage" [shade of the foliage - crossed out] the former he called "Boomberah" [The former he called Boomberrah- written below] and the latter Margoolah [and the latter Margoolah- written below] the same way with the Iguanna [sic]. One kind of Iguanna [sic] [one kind Iguana - written below] will burrow under the [will burrow under the - crossed out]
ground for a great distance [ground for a great distance - written below] before coming out - they were [before coming out - they were - written below] called Boomberah. [called Boomberha - written below] while another kind will [while another kind will - written below] burrow under ground but [burrow under ground but- written below] can be dug out in close [can be dug out in close - written below] proximity to the entrance [proximity to the entrance- written below] this is called Margoolah. [this is called Margoolah- written below]
This is all Ipatha can tell me of Margoolah & Boomberah and she does not seem very well versed in the other legends that I wish to compile for you so I am sending away for the only living, old Moorawarri. He is over 250 miles away from here and may keep me some time even if he consents to come. But will continue sending in any scraps I can manage to squeeze out of my blacks. A black
womans knowledge is very [woman's knowledge is very - written above] limited as regards most of [limited as regards most of - written above] the rules. [the tribes - written above]
I am very pleased to be doing what I am and if I am not too gentle ask me anything you will. Have you read K Langloh Parker's "Euahlayi Tribe" Her description of a funeral & [Her description of a funeral - written above] Booral seem to be the same [burial seems to be same - written above] as here. However I will send [as here - written above] you in as soon as I can, what my tribe have to say about the riles [sic].
Yours sincerely May Benson