He was one of their great Kūnkis or medicine men
but would not practice his art excepting on persons
of note, such as Heads of totems or his personal -friends.
He was the son of the previous Headman, who was
still living during Mr Gason's residence in the Dieri
country and who although too infirm to join in the
ceremonies, gave advice to the other old men. He boasted
that he had had command of the tribe before his
son Jalina acquired it. He was [supp - crossed out] believed to
be proof to magic such as [the -crossed out] "striking with the bone".
Jalina Piramurana had [this- crossed out] succeeded to and
indeed eclipsed his father; he was the head of the
Kŭnaura totem and boasted of being the "tree of life"
the "family of life", for this seed forms at times the
principle source of vegetable food to these tribes. [The seed -crossed out]
I have also heard Jalina spoken of as the
head of the "Manyura" totem, that is of the plant itself.
I observed that there were such Pirrarus in the tribes to the
north and north East of the Dieri, such as the Yaurorka
and Yantruwunta who inhabited the country lying in and to the westward of the
Queensland border north and south of Coopers Creek.
When in the country of the Yerawaka and
on the southern edge of Sturts Stoney Desert, the
"Murda -pirra" or great strong place of the natives,
I camped for a night near one of the local groups
of that tribe. A party of old men
the Pirrarus of that place came to see me, and [req- crossed out] asked me to
go with them to see the Pirra - Pirraru, the great -
(1) see chap - p. - Mūkūeli Kŭkana
[written in left side margin]
reverse of p 4
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