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Author Name:Curr, Edward Micklethwaite
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1886 Excerpt: ...Marowera, I have two vocabularies.
The first, which was kindly forwarded by Mr.
John Bnlmer, manager of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Station, I have inserted; the second was taken down by myself.
In most cases the two agree.
Bulmer informs me that it was the practice of the women of the Marowera Blacks, on the death of a husband, to put a small net on the head and cover it with mortar one or two inches thick.
This mortar consisted sometimes of gypsum and at others of pipe-clay.
After being worn several days it became solid, and was removed unbroken by means of the net, so giving the cast of a considerable portion of the head of the wearer.
After removal it was baked in the fire and laid on the tomb of the deceased.
Bulmer's communication, Mr.
Leplastrier has shown me two specimens of these casts.
They are quite uninjured and just as the widows took them off, perhaps a century ago.
Leplastrier picked them up at a deserted burial-ground at Yelta, in January, 1880.
They have not been burnt, however, and one of them shows qnite distinctly the marks of the meshes of the net.
Bulmer says that these casts, which the Kulnine tribe call Kopi, weigh Sir Thomas (then Major) Mitchell found similar casts at Fort Bourke, nearly 400 miles higher up the Darling, drawings of which will be found in his Three Expeditions into Interior of Eastern Australia, in which the marks left by the nets are visible.--Vol.
sometimes as much as fourteen pounds.
In this instance the weights are respectively 10 lbs.
and 5 lbs.
To plaster the head with clay in time of mourning is very common throughout Australia, and the Kopi is merely an exaggeration of the custom.
The word Kopi will be found, signifying mourning, occurring at the junction of ...
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