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Lucio Alvarez at Jun 27, 2022 04:35 PM


The Ikula tribe at Eucla


In order to explain the ^principle of the class divisions I now give
those of the Kamilaroi tribe ^for comparison which may serve for
a typical example of the more advanced types.

Primary division Subdivision Totem
Kupathin { Ipai } Kangaroo, Opposum
Kumbo Iguana

Dilbi { Muri } Emu, [Ca.....]
Black snakes
Kubi Red Kangaroo
[Wallabie?] &c

In a tribe in which there are the above divisions
each man a (1) either a Kupathin or a Dilbi (2) if for
instance a Kupathin he will be either Ipai or Kumbo
(3) If Ipai or Kumbo he will be [gone?] of the animal names
(totem) - thus say a man is a "Kangaroo" and Ipai
he will then be also Kupachin. Similarly Dilbi may be
Muri which will be also named after one of the totems
given in the third column.

The marriage and descents in the ['Primary Division' crossed out] [Last?] Division
are as follows) the totem marriages are omitted for simplicity

Male Marries children are
Kumbo Matha Kubi + Kubitha
Muri ['Kumbo' crossed out] Butha Ipiai + Ipatha
Kubi Ipiatha Kumbo + Butha