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account for the Kurni

But, on the whole, the most likely cause
of separation appears to me to be either a
bloddy quarrel between the two phratria, or
an overwhelming hostile inroad upon the tribe
resulting in its dispersion.

In any case the
14 "other phratria" must be somewhere, unless it
were either completely blotted out, which is unlikely,
or absorbed into some other tribe of like organi-
zation. Can we find any trace of lost phratria
required by my hypothesis the former complement of that which I suppose to have
become the Kurni tribe?

It has been shown (Chap IV Prop:xii) that
the members of two intermarrying phratria in the
same generation are "cousins" to each other. Take
for instance Kumite B + Kroki B. Kumite B is
the son of Kroki A (i.e. of Kroki in the generation
next above him) - + Kroki A is the brother of
Krokigor A, who is the Mother of Kroki B (Table A)
That is to say, Kumite B is the son of Kroki B's
mother's brother, + Kroki B is the son of Kumite
B's father's sister. Kumite B + Kroki B are
therefore cousins.

Hence, if the Kurni are an isolated phratria
or part of a phratria belonging to a tribe which for-
merly consisted of two such phratria, there
must be a clan, or clans, somewhere who are
"cousins" to them, though it might well be that
the old tic would be forgotten. At all events
we may expect to find a tribe, or fragments of a
tribe, answering to the other phratria.

Now Mr Howitt tells us that the
Twofold Bay tribe, who are as it were in
the path to Gippsland, are said by the Kroatungo
-lung Kurni
to be their cousins. And, moreover,
there is at least one tribe, the Narrinyeri of
South Australia, who have a strong

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