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The Unambal : a tribe in northwest Australia / Andreas Lommel ; primary English translation by Ian Campbell
Bib ID 1818970
Format BookBook
Lommel, Andreas
Uniform Title Die Unambal
Description Carnarvon Gorge, Qld. : Takarakka Nowan Kas Publications, 1997 
xvi, 122 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0958744602

An overview of Doctor Andreas Lommel's (member of the Frobenius Institute in Frankfurt/Main) studies in 1938 of the Unambal Aboriginal Peoples living in outback of North-Western Australia: Kimberely. During this time he recorded and photographed the daily life of a hunter-gatherer culture. There are list of raw materials used by the Aboriginal people and the objects made from them (page 10), Figure of a Wondschina, painted on tree bark: (page 15), some rock arts: (pages 16, 18, 19), Kinshop terms for the members of one’s own marriage class (page 29-32), description of the individual totems in the case of individual persons an their transmission to the children (page 40), map sketch of the Unanbal territory in Northwest Australia (page 41), list of moden name and Aboriginal name of lands and travel routes (page 42), Monologue of Worrorra, Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin and Unambal languages are present on (pages 78-88, 93, 102-103), Some plates / photographs of Unambal people and events are on (105-116) Describes about Kurangara’s cult, magic, Maui dance, dance and songs, initiation (pages 94-102)


First published as: Die Unambal : ein Stamm in nordwest Australien. Hamburg : Museums fur Volkerkunde, 1952.

Includes index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- Social life and customs.  |  Wunambal (Australian people)  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Technology - Utensils.  |  Material culture.  |  Art - Subjects - Wandjina.  |  Religion - Spirituality.  |  Initiation - Circumcision.  |  Wunambal people (K22) (WA SD51-12)  |  Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin people (K18) (WA SE52-01)  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Kinship terms.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Weapons.  |  Dance - Ceremonial.  |  Religions - Cults.  |  Art - Rock art - Painting.  |  Music - Vocal - Clan songs.  |  Art - Subjects - Ancestral / totemic beings.  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Worrorra people (K17) (WA SD51-16)  |  Wunambal language (K22) (WA SD51-12)  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies - Burial.  |  Stories and motifs - Creation / Cosmology.  |  Indigenous knowledge - World view.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Place names.  |  Religion - Dreaming - Wandjina.  |  Kimberley area (WA SD51, SD52, SE51, SE52)
Available From Takarakka Publications Pty. Ltd., PO Box 808, Kenmore QLD 4069. 


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