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The Australian Aborigines : a portrait of their society / Kenneth Maddock
Bib ID 1599975
Format BookBook
Maddock, Kenneth, 1937-
Description London : Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 1972 
xi, 210 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm. 
ISBN 0713903309

Chap. 1, p.1-20; Remodelling society - Elcho Island Memorial, discusses significance of the movement, Molonga cult, Bandjalang Pentecostalism, Government policy since 1951, Wave Hill strike, Pindan mob; Chap.2, p.21-44; Land and society - numbers at European settlement, population densities for Gidjingali, Wanindiljaugwa, Walbiri, Aranda, Sydney, Murray River); limitations on food resources & diet, division of labour in food getting; concepts of land & territoriality, land as a religious phenomenon, clans (southern Arnhem Land example), local groups, conception beliefs & sites (Aranda), local organization, summary of situation for Gidjingali, Tiwi & Walbiri, owner & manager relationships (Dalabon), relations between clans of different type (Aranda), government & authority, authority in religious rites; Chap.3, p.45-71; Women & society - exogamy & marriage, kinship, methods of obtaining wives, mother in law bestowal, bestowal rights (Tiwi, Gidjingali, Karadjeri, Walbiri, Dalabon), marriage & kinship rules (Aranda, Kariera), age as a factor in marriage, widows, effects of late marriage, use value & exchange value of women; Chap.4, p.72-108; The order of the world - class systems & their structure, moieties, sections & semi moieties, sub sections, gives equivalent systems for Dalabon & Maiali, diagram shows correlation of Gidjingali kin categories & classes, classes in the cosmic order (Dalabon, Yukum, Wolmeri, Murinbata, Booandik; Chap.5, p.109-130; The world creative powers - cosmology, origin theories, All - Father beliefs, role of Dhuramoolan in Wiradthuri Burbung cult (from R.H. Mathews), comparison with All - Mother beliefs (Murinbata, Kakadu, Dalabon), Rainbow Serpent beliefs (Arnhem Land, Cape York, Karadjeri); Chap.6, p.131-157; The rites of life - fertility & increase (Karadjeri, Aranda), initiatory rites (Murring Bora described), Wiradthuri ritual site decoration & ground designs, comparison between initiatory & fertility rites, exclusion from rites; (Jabuduruwa, Balgin, Engwura), mythological sanction for exclusion of women; Chap.7, p.158-176; The fall into death - myths & beliefs on death (Kulin, Dalabon, Rembaranga, Wotjo, Kamilaroi, Tiwi, Aranda, Kaitish, Karadjeri), causes of death, sorcery, inquest methods (Dalabon, South Australia, Adelaide, Warramunga, Bard, Ungarinyin), vengeance, funerary customs, disposal of corpse (Dalabon), after death beliefs; Chap.8, p.177-194; The defensibility of Aboriginal society - contrast between Aboriginal & Australian life styles, concepts of authority, social freedom, relations between men & women, servility & independence.


Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 195-201.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians.  |  Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin people (K18) (WA SE52-01)  |  Maringarr / Gidjingali people (N102) (NT SD52-11)  |  Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Bungandidj / Buandig people (S13) (SA SJ54-06)  |  Kulin people (S21.1) (Vic SI54, SJ54)  |  Bardi people (K15) (WA SE51-02)  |  Dalabon / Dangbon people (N60) (NT SD53-02)  |  Ngalkbun people (N76) (NT SD53-06)  |  Gaagudju / Gagadju / Gagadyu people (N50) (NT SD53-01)  |  Anindilyakwa / Enindhilyagwa / Warnindilyakwa people (N151) (NT SD53-12)  |  Gamilaraay / Gamilaroi / Kamilaroi people (D23) (NSW SH55-12)  |  Wiradjuri people (D10) (NSW SI55-07)  |  Wergaia / Wotjobaluk people (S17) (Vic SI54-15)  |  Walmajarri / Walmatjarri people (A66) (WA SE51-16)  |  Murrinhpatha people (N3) (NT SD52-11)  |  Majuli / Maiawali people (L40) (Qld SF54-15)  |  Kariyarra people (W39) (WA SF50-10)  |  Kaytetye / Kaytej people (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Social organisation - Relationships.  |  Rembarrnga people (N73) (NT SD53-06)  |  Warumungu people (C18) (NT SE53-10)  |  Karajarri people (A64) (WA SE51-10)  |  Tiwi people (N20) (NT SC52-16)  |  Bundjalung / Banjalang people (E12) (NSW SH56-02)  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Social organisation - Clans.  |  Burarra people (N82) (NT SD53-02)  |  Yugambeh / Yugumbir people (E17) (Qld SG56-15)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Mayali / Mayawarli people (N44) (NT SD53-01)  |  Queensland South East Cape York (Qld SD54, SD55)  |  Northern Territory Top End (NT)  |  Daguragu / Kalkaringi / Wave Hill (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Sydney (NSW SI56-05)  |  South West Queensland (SW Qld SG54, SG55, SH54, SH55)  |  Tiwi Islands (NT SC52-15, SC52-16)  |  New South Wales North Coast (NSW N Coast SH56)  |  Western Victoria (W Vic)  |  North West Victoria (NW Vic SI55)  |  River Murray (SW NSW, N Vic, SE SA SI54, SI55)  |  Adelaide (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Southwest New South Wales (SW NSW SI54, SI55)  |  Kakadu / Alligator Rivers area (NT SD53-01, SD53-05)  |  Western Desert (WA SF51, SF52, SG51, SG52)  |  Western Australia - Central Australia (WA SE52, SF52, SG52)  |  Elcho Island (East Arnhem Land NT SC53-15, SD53-03)  |  South Australia - Central Australia (SA SG52, SG53)  |  Northern New South Wales (N NSW SH55, SH56)  |  Pilbara area (WA SF50, SF51, SG50)  |  South East Queensland (SE Qld SG56, SH56)


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