I beg to lay before your honorable Institute the accompanying paper on the Astronomy and Mythology of the Aborigines and in doing so I am sensitive of its imperfectness, but as it is now six years since I made any additions to it, and as my occupation does not lead me to that part of the country where I should be able to make further additions, I have presumed to present it to your society, hoping that it may be a means of assisting others to gather further traces of the people that are so fast passing away.This statement of the Astronomy and Mythology of the Aborigines is, as nearly as language will allow, word for word as they have repeatedly during some years stated it to me. It is in the language of, and has been gleaned from, the Booroung Tribe, who claim and inhabit the Mallee country in the neighbourhood of Lake Tyrill, and who pride themselves upon knowing more of Astronomy than any other tribe.
Proceedings of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria
- Pub Date:
- September 1857
- Australian Aboriginal Cultures