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The native tribes of Western Australia / Daisy Bates ; edited by Isobel White
Bib ID 1561432
Format BookBook
Bates, Daisy, 1859-1951
Description Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1985 
xii, 387 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0642993335

An arrangement of Bates ethnographic manuscripts originally prepared during work for the Western Australian Government (1904-1912) for a proposed book of the same title; includes detailed editorial commentary concerning arrangement, deletion and sources and an introductory biography and background to the work; covers mainly material from the southwest, Murchison and northwest (Kimberley) regions; includes detailed information on tribal organisation and geographic location; social organisation, including moieties, semi-moieties, sections, relationship terms, marriage arrangements, bestowal, elopements, illicit marriages, sexual relations, conception, childbirth, child-rearing and avoidance rules; male initiation in the Bunbury, Vasse and Broome districts; totemism; religion, including moral code, mythic origins and beliefs about death; magic and sorcery, including bone pointing, healing and rainmaking; food procurement and preparation, including techniques, seasonality and division of labor; art and craft, including cave painting, rock engraving, manufacture of weapons and implements, bartering and trade; diseases and remedies; death and burial practices; dances, songs and ceremonies, including body adornment, songs texts and musical accompaniment.

Full contents Includes index. 

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 373-378.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia.  |  Technology - Utensils.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage - Wrong marriage.  |  Sex relations.  |  Art - Rock engraving.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Health and medicine.  |  Body - Decoration.  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Music - Vocal - Origins.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Avoidance relationships.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Word lists.  |  Fishing.  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Wardandi people (W3) (WA SI50-06)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Systems - Moieties.  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Dance - Ownership.  |  Art - Rock art - Painting.  |  Reproduction - Conception.  |  Gathering.  |  Ceremonies - Rain making.  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking.  |  Technology - Tools.  |  Trade and exchange.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever People.  |  Cannibalism.  |  Gender relations - Elopement.  |  Health - Physiology and diseases.  |  Weapons.  |  Hunting.  |  Social behaviour - Socialisation - Child rearing.  |  Art - Rock art - Engraving.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Gender relations - Division of labour.  |  Art - Rock painting.  |  Environment - Climate and weather - Seasons.  |  Stories and motifs.  |  Body - Decoration - Body modification.  |  Food - Sociocultural aspects - Avoidance.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Human classification.  |  Reproduction - Childbirth.  |  Murchison River (WA South Pilbara SG50)  |  Vasse River (SW WA SI50-05)  |  Bunbury (SW WA SI50-06)  |  Gascoyne / Murchison area (WA SG50)  |  Wupipi / Broome (WA West Kimberley SE51-06)  |  Broome (WA West Kimberley SE51-06)
Other authors/contributors White, Isobel


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