Murring tribes
In the extreme south of New South Wales there was a
large [number - crossed out] aggregate of tribes (Murring tribes) who attended the same Iniation [sic] cere
monies, [coming - crossed out] from an area which may be defined by the Shoal
haven River
, Braidwood, the southern part of Maneroo, and Twofold Bay.
At the termination of these ceremonies, where the novices had gone into [probation -crossed out] by themselves during their turn of probation (2) and when the people
were about to separate, there was held a kind of market at wich/which
[people laid out - crossed out] those articles were laid out, which they had brought with them
for [the purpose of - crossed out] exchange. It was held on some clear space near
the camp, and A man would say "I have brought such and such things"
and some other man would bargain for them. A complete set of arti
articles was, one ngulia or belt of opossum fur string,
four burrian or mens kilts, one gumbrun or bone nosepeg, and a co
complete set of corroborre ornaments. it was the rule that a
complete set went together. Weapons might be given in exchange
and a complete set of these was, [two hands that is - crossed out] ten fighting
boomerangs, being the straight going ones, )warangun), the same
number of grasstree spears (gumma), one of each kind of shield,
namely the bembata used for stopping spears, and the millidu
used for club fighting. One club, (gūgerŭng) or bundi, and one
spear thrower, (woomera).

The women also engaged in this trade, exchanging opossum
rugs, bags, digging sticks (tuali) &ct.

Not only wre [sic] these things bartered, but presents were made
to friends, and to the head men by the other men. The women gave
things also to the wives of the headmen. A headman who was held in great consi
deration might have as many things given to him, as he could
well carry away.

Not only were articles which the people made themselves
bartered, but but also things which had some special value,
and had been brought perhaps from a distant tribe. Such as insta
instance was told me by my informants, in speaking of these
things. At one of their meetings, many years ago an ancient shield was bartered
for, which had been brought originally from the upper waters of
the Murrumbidgee River. It was greatly valued because as
my informant said "it had won many fights".

There are the few instances which I find among my notes
and they open up a line of enquiry which is well worth following
out where the native tribe are still in their more
primitive conditions. In Victoria, in a great part of NSW
ie the older settled district of Queensland & in S.A. South of
Lake Eyre it is at present probably quite too late to

[Note in left side margin]
(2) see Ceremonies of

JAI 1884

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