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NATIVE TRIBES OF SOUTH-EAST AUSTRALIA

shape called Wilburu,[1] so that he could not distinguish one girl from the other.

From here they marched to the north-east, where at Pundu-worani[2] they made nose-pegs for themselves of Kuyamara wood.[3] With these the septum of the nose was bored, and the peg left therein, till they arrived at Paia-mokuni,[4] and replaced them with the quills of pelicans. At Dulderana,[5] they observed a wild dog, which they enticed to come to them by calling to it, "Duldera! Duldera! Pa! Pa! Pa!" The dog Duldera came to them, and became their faithful companion.

Because of the great cold at Ngunku-purunani[6] they caused

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FIG. 56.—KULUA (HAKEA LEUCOPTERA). FIG. 57.—PAIA-MOKU
(DIDISCUS GLAUCIFOLIUS).

dense bushes to grow up, behind which they cowered close together. Again marching on, they saw a cormorant's nest, after which they named the place Tantaniwirrinani.[7] Having killed and eaten the

  1. This is the word applied to the universal practice of tying up the hair.
  2. Pundu is the name for the nose-peg, and Wora is the plural postfix.
  3. Kuyamara is a bush, the twigs of which are used in the funeral ceremonies of the Dieri. Eremophila longifolia.
  4. Paia is "bird," and Moku is "bone" in the usual sense of the word, but is also used for something hard in contrast with something soft. Thus in the Dieri language Punga-moku means the beams, that is the "bones," of the house, as at Killalpanina, and Pita-moku is "wood-bone" or "tree-trunk." The Paia-moku is Didiscus glaucifolius.
  5. Dulderana is "light coloured" or "white," thus applied to alight-coloured pelt.
  6. This "cowering together in a mob" is from Puruna, to cower, and Ngunku, a mob or number of people.
  7. Tantani is in Wonkanguru a cormorant; Dieri, Malura. Wirnnani in Dieri is to go into something.