mistletoe, Ethn. KK says "used to treat sores; leaves
a little water and
infusion drunk or applied externally to infected wounds" (Kneale 1984:18) ,
mistletoe (Diplatia grandibractea)"
leopardwood tree, Ethn. KK says "cold ash of burnt roots of
placed on aching teeth to cure pain" (Kneale 1984:19), KK says "damp bark
placed on fire to
create smoke. Patient suffering from backache lies on blanket over fire -
heat and smoke relieve back pain" , *KK gives scientific name as "Flindersia malculosa"
native orange tree, Ethn. KK says "leaves boiled in a little
water and infusion
drunk to cure venereal disease" (Kneale 1984:15); Reay (1945:317) notes that
bambul is used to
cure itch, and says "boil down wild orange leaves. The liquid is black and
but the itch will
leave the child if bathed in this", KK says bambul is a "small
compact tree; has
(when ripe). The skin is peeled off and fruit inside eaten", *KK gives
scientific name as
grey kangaroo, Ethn. an important food source; also a totem,
bilaarru nhama ngaya thunhi. 'I speared the kangaroo with a spear',
walaaygu. 'They are taking the kangaroo to the camp', Thaay gaanga nhama
nganha. 'Bring that kangaroo to me!'
echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus [Fp87, Rp192],
Ethn. KK says "quills
were removed by dipping the animal in boiling water and plucking them out,
singing in the fire.
Echidna was cleaned and gutted and cooked in the ashes or baked in an earth
wife's mother, mother-in-law, Ethn. an avoided relation.
"until about 1895 a man wishing to speak to his mother-in-law could go part
way to her camp and
then turn back. He could then address her by shouting in the direction in
which he was
facing, and he had
to speak loudly in order that all his wife's relatives could hear what he
this form in the Namoi River dialect. He notes that a step-sister of
wife is also