To the southward the Kandangora came in contact
with the Brabralung clan of the Kurnai in the Tambo River
and it is worth noting the old [crossed out: line of] road from Omeo
to Bruthen was along the [crossed out: back] [written above: line of country] which the Omeo and
Gippsland Blacks followed respectively into each others country.
To the East their boundary was about the Cobberas mountain
and thence down the Indi River to about Tom Groggin then
neighbours on that side being the Ngarego tribe.
[Left margin note - ?]
Very little is known as to the class system of the
Omeo tribe. That country was discovered and then - crossed out] settled
by McFarland about 1842. In 1852 gold was found
at Livingstone Creek and [the -crossed out] a great rush of [diggers - crossed out] miners set in to
the "Omeo Diggings"; in 1862 there remained only [on - crossed out] no
more than four or five of the once numerous Omeo tribe.
All that I can say as to their classes and totems
is that among the latter were [Tebuteba?] - (Rabbit rat) and
[Najabejan?] (Bat) which also occur in the neighbouring [crossedout - half] Ngarejo
tribe with which also the Omeo tribe intermarried. That these
two totems were on the opposite sides of the system is shown by [crossed out - them]
this, that when the tribes people plaid at ball (1) Tebuteba plaid
on one side and Najatejan on the other.
[Left margin note]
(1)A kind of ''football''
which was plaid in many
parts if not eveerywhere
in Victoria & South of [??]
the ball either being made
of strips of pelt tightly rolled
up or as in popular if the
scrotum of an "old man" Kangaroo
stuffed with grass.
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