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Lucio Alvarez at Jun 26, 2022 02:34 PM


The Wongtubon tribe is mentioned by Mr Mathews as
one in which there is a complete
absence of exogamy. (p 56

According to the Native informants "the people
who were of the opposum totem ['was' crossed out] were almost extinct at Mossgill."

That is in other words that the normal marriages
could not take place because so many of the
tribe had died.

This tribe has descent in the female line and
therefore the woman whose children would be
Ipai and Ipatha-opossum, must be a "Butha-
-opossum: whose normal husband would be ^a Muni-
Kangaroo" man.

If there were no Muni-Kangaroo man these
Butha-opossum could not find a husband under
the old rule, and there would not be any Ipai and
Ipatha- children.

To ['avoid this difficulty' crossed out] meet the difficulty
a new rule was introduced, ['by' crossed out] which, according to
the native informants, causes the child which
should have been Ipsi-opossum to "rank" as Kumbo-
opossum. the subjoined diagram of the anomalous
marriages (N. T. p ) which brings this about

m. Kubbi-bandicoot
f. Ipatha-opossum

m & f - Kumbo & Butha opossum

The important facts which became evident in this
instance are, that the Wongtubon tribe, whose country was exceptionally liable to droughts was
tending toward destruction and that to ['supply' crossed out] make