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My country of the pelican dreaming : the life of an Australian Aborigine of the Gadjerong, Grant Ngabidj, 1904-1977 as told to Bruce Shaw
Bib ID 1647837
Format BookBook
Ngabidj, Grant, 1904-1977
Description Canberra : Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1981 
202 p. : ill., maps, port. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 085575088X
0391022180 (Humanities Press)

AIAS new series ; no. 17.


Narrative account of Ngabidjs life, including large amounts of information on traditional law and social organisation; relationship to land; location and relationships between Gadjerong, Miriwong, Wunambal, Gidja, Ngarinman, Djaru, Murinbata, Yilngali, Garamau, Wadjagidj, Malak tribal groups; naming, totems, conception, kinship, marriage, initiation; station life and stock work, violent conflicts with whites, Forrest River massacre, relations with police; food, hunting, shelters, didgeridoo; legends, cosmology, magic, sorcery, poisoning, medicine; ceremonies, cults; tribal law, executions, fights and social control; revival of traditional law; introduction by Shaw with historical notes, comments on the narrative and on Aboriginal English; glossary.

Full contents Includes index 

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. [191]-195.

Subjects Ngabidj, Grant, 1904-1977.  |  Ngabidj, Grant, 1904-1977.  |  Australian Aborigines. Ngabidj, Grant, 1904-1977. Biographies  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - To 1900.  |  Garama language (N34) (NT SD52-12)  |  Gajerrong / Gajirrawoong people (K37.1) (WA SD52-15)  |  Occupations - Pastoral industry workers.  |  Wadyiginy people (N31) (NT SD52-03)  |  Language - Change.  |  Stories and motifs - Creation / Cosmology.  |  Reproduction - Conception.  |  Murrinhpatha language (N3) (NT SD52-11)  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Gajerrong / Gajirrawoong language (K37.1) (WA SD52-14)  |  Language - Personal names.  |  Law - Indigenous.  |  Malak Malak people (N22) (NT SD52-08)  |  Ngarinman / Ngarinyman language (C27) (NT SE52-01)  |  Miriwoong / Miriuwung people (K29) (WA SD52-14)  |  Miriwoong / Miriuwung language (K29) (WA SD52-14)  |  Hunting.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Culture - Relationship to land.  |  Magic and sorcery - Love magic.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Kija / Gidja language (K20) (WA SE 52-06)  |  Murrinhpatha people (N3) (NT SD52-11)  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Wunambal people (K22) (WA SD51-12)  |  Reproduction - Childbirth.  |  Jaru / Djaru people (K12) (WA SE52-10)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Music - Instruments - Wind - Didjeridu.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Religions - Christianity.  |  Garama people (N34) (NT SD52-12)  |  Djerag language (K47) (WA SD52-14)  |  Indigenous knowledge - Health and medicine.  |  Law enforcement - Police conduct and attitudes.  |  Malak Malak language (N22) (NT SD52-08)  |  Kija / Gidja people (K20) (WA SE52-06)  |  Ceremonies - Rain making.  |  Jaru / Djaru language (K12) (WA SE 52-10)  |  Wunambal language (K22) (WA SD51-12)  |  Language - English - Aboriginal English.  |  Wadyiginy language (N31) (NT SD52-03)  |  Ngarinman / Ngarinyman people (C27) (NT SE52-01)  |  Settlement and contacts - Colonisation - 1851-  |  Race relations - Racism - Stereotyping.  |  Ningbingi Ningguwung Community (WA East Kimberley SD52-14)  |  Northern Territory Top End (NT)  |  Carlton Hill (WA East Kimberley SD52-14)  |  Forrest River (WA East Kimberley SD52-09, SD52-10, SD52-14)
Other authors/contributors Shaw, Bruce, 1951-  |  Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies


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