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The native tribes of Central Australia / by Baldwin Spencer and F.J. Gillen ; with a preface by James George Frazer
Bib ID 1300416
Format BookBook
Spencer, Baldwin, Sir, 1860-1929
Edition 1st ed., repr. with pref. 
Description London : Macmillan, 1938 
xxiv, 671 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill. (some folded, some col.), maps (some folded, some col.) ; 22 cm. 

Nature of country, distribution and names of local group, totemic groups; the Alatunja or headman and his powers; councils of old men, medicine men; Hunting customs, foods, cooking, tracking ability; two exogamous intermarrying groups (Urabunna, Arunta, Ilpirra, Kaitish, Waagai, Warramunga, Iliaura, Bingongina); terms of relationship, avoidance, regulation of marriage by totem (Urabunna); class divisions; totems - Arunta, Urabunna; examples of totem names, ceremonies of the Engwura showing way in which each individual acquires his or her totemic name; wanderings of Alcheringa ancestors, the ritual objects, conception belief; Intichiuma ceremonies, food taboos; timing of holding rituals - Udniringita (witchetty grubs), Erlia (emu), Unjiamba (Hakea), Ilpirla (Manna), Yarumpa (honey ant), Quatcha (water) songs (no translation), place where Okira (kangaroo) ceremony is held - Undiara, cave painting, history of Ungutnika of Undiara, the kangaroo & the Kangaroo men; relationship between the individual & the totem; initiation - detailed account of all rites throwing boy in air, circumcision, body ornaments, sacred objects, performance of certain sacred ceremonies, subincision, burning of blood; meaning of subincision, initiation of women & parts played by women in other ceremonies; words given of few songs, myths behind ceremonies; traditions dealing with origin of the Alcheringa ancestors of the Arunta (maps show tracks followed by the four groups of Achilpa and the spots at which they camped and of the various groups of Udnirringita & of Emu men, their tracks, & other localities concerned with traditions; customs concerning the knocking out of teeth, nose boring, growth of breasts, blood, blood letting, blood giving, blood drinking, hair, childbirth, food restrictions, cannibalism; customs of Kurdaitcha & Illapurinja & the avenging party or Atninga; types of burial, mourning, ceremony to remove ban of silence, body painting; spirit individuals - Iruntarinia & Arumburinga; making & powers of medicine men, forms of magic - pointing bone, love magic, magic to secure growth of beard, magic objects used to cure, sympathetic magic; methods of obtaining wives - charming by magic, capture, gives punishments for elopement, regular method; clothing & personal adornment, general remarks on implements & weapons (spears, spearthrowers, shields, boomerangs, stone knives, stone hatchets, adze, fighting club; musical instruments; types of pitchis (wooden containers); rock paintings & their designs, body decoration sacred & secular; Appendix A; Names of natives gives sub class, totem, personal name in ordinary use, sacred or ritual object name; Appendix B; Wilyaru ceremony of the Urabunna tribe; Appendix C; Table of measurements - Arunta (20 males, 10 females) [this table missing from edition scanned]


Originally published 1899.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Social life and customs.  |  Kaytetye / Kaytej language (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Alyawarr / Alyawarre language (C14) (NT SF53-07)  |  Pinkangarna / Bin-gongina language (C21) (NT SE53-09)  |  Kaytetye / Kaytej people (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Wakaya language (C16) (NT SE53-15)  |  Warumungu language (C18) (NT SE53-01)  |  Warlpiri language (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Arabana / Arabunna language (L13) (SA SH53-03)  |  Jingulu / Djingili / Jingili people (C22) (NT SE53-06)  |  Alyawarr / Alyawarre people (C14) (NT SF53-07)  |  Arrernte / Aranda language (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Wakaya people (C16) (NT SE53-15)  |  Jingulu / Djingili / Jingili language (C22) (NT SE53-06)  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Arabana / Arabunna people (L13) (SA SH53-03)  |  Warumungu people (C18) (NT SE53-10)  |  Pinkangarna / Bin-gongina people (C21) (NT SE53-09)  |  Undiarra (South Central NT SG53-01)  |  South Australia - West (SA SH53, SI53)  |  South Australia - Central Australia (SA SG52, SG53)
Other authors/contributors Gillen, F. J. (Francis James), 1855-1912


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