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The northern tribes of Central Australia / by Baldwin Spencer and F.J. Gillen
Bib ID 1990806
Format BookBook
Spencer, Baldwin, Sir, 1860-1929
Description London : Macmillan, 1904 
xxxv, 784 p. : ill., geneal. tables, maps, ports. ; 23 cm. 

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK5141.

Hallstrom Pacific Collection.


Distribution of tribes, nature of country, isolation of tribes brought about by changes in climatic conditions; physical features, hair forms, cicatrices on women, changes in appearance of men at various ages, height of natives, chest measurements, head & foot measurements; type of social organization amongst the tribes occupying the country extending from Lake Eyre through the centre to the Gulf of Carpentaria; Dieri & Urabunna, group marriage; Arunta, Iliaura, Ilpirra, Unmatjera, Kaitish, Warramunga, Wulmala, Walpari, Tjingili, Umbaia, Gnanji, Binbinga, Allaua, Mara, Anula; classes & sub-classes; tables of relationship terms & descent (Warramunga), relationship terms Worgaia, Umbaia, Tjingili, Gnanji, Binbinga, Mara (with descent table), Anula; moieties - Arunta, Warramunga, Binbinga, Mara; tables showing equivalent sub classes (Warramunga, Walpari, Wulmala, Tjingili, Gnanji, Bingongina, Worgaia) genealogical trees; marriage customs, account of ariltha ceremoney - Arunta, Ilpirra & 14 other tribes; totems - difference between central & south central tribes, gradual change in method of counting descent of totem; universal belief in reincarnation; origin of totemic groups & ancestors; ceremonies connected with the totems - Witchetty Grub & Sun, Erlipinna, Erlia, & water totems (Kaitish), Uluuru, Kingilli (Warramunga - approximately 30 ceremonies connected with these), Ant totem, Thaballa, Pau-wa, Ingwuna, Tappin or Wonna, Ulanji ceremony of Anula; detailed account of all rituals with explanations, sacred objects & body paintings described; Chapter on the Wollonqua totem of the Warramunga, wanderings of the mythic beast, building of mound, drawing of ground designs; ritual objects, ceremonies attendant on the return of a number of ritual objects which had been lent to another group, introducing visiting men to local women; explanation of markings on ritual objects; tradition of Murtu - murtu & the wild dogs (Warramunga)

Intichiuma ceremonies - Urabunna, Arunta, Kaitish, Unmatjira, Warramunga, Tjingilli, Umbaia, Mara, Anula; eating the totemic animal or plant, restrictions etc.; initiation - details of types of rituals & traditions, women allowed on ceremonial ground (Warramunga); words of song part of tradition of Warramunga, Wulmala; the Ngathagura or fire ceremony of the Warramunga, two moiety ceremonies, part played by women; traditions relating to totemic ancestors, wanderings of ancestors; origins of certain social institutions; magic associated with pointing bones & sticks (Arunta, Finke River, Kaitish, Unmatjera, Gnanji); womens magic in Kaitish tribe, Warramunga; use of magic stones & objects; obtaining wives by magic, magic to ensure growth, making & power of medicine men; beliefs in beings endowed with superior powers (Alcheringa individuals); customs relating to burial & mourning, avenging death, eating flesh of dead man (Binbinga, Anula, Mara); the Atninga or avenging party, ceremonies in the organization of the party, dances performed; etiquette on approaching strange camp, presents of food, corroborees; names & naming, ordinary & sacred names, terms of address (Arunta, Warramunga, Gnanji, Binbinga, Anula, Mara); customs relating to the knocking out of teeth, giving of blood, hair, childbirth, food restrictions, nose boring, inheritance, fire making; myths relating to sun, moon, stars, comets, rainbow, whirlwind; notes on stone implements - adzes, knives, picks, tomahawks, spears, method of flaking, womens knife in Kaitish & Warramunga, hafting of knives & picks; pitchis, spear throwers, types of spears, gouges (bone), fish hooks (wood & bone) - Alligator River; canoes & paddles - Anula tribe; clothing & ornament; decorative art, designs on implements & weapons (Arunta), ornamented bamboo trumpet & pipe (Anula), designs on ritual objects; ground drawings - Arunta (Intichiuma), Warramunga (Wollunqua & black snake); glossary of terms; Appendix A; Measurements of 23 adult males, 17 adult females & 12 children - gives 33 measurements; Appendix B; List of totem names (covers all tribes)


"This work may be regarded as a sequel to the Native tribes of Central Australia [by Baldwin Spencer and F.J. Gillen] ... 1899"--Pref.

Includes index.

Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK5141.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Australia, Central.  |  Kaytetye / Kaytej language (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Arabana / Arabunna language (L13) (SA SH53-03)  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Arrernte / Aranda language (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Wakaya people (C16) (NT SE53-15)  |  Warumungu language (C18) (NT SE53-01)  |  Yanyuwa / Yanuwa people (N153) (NT SE53-04)  |  Wilingura language (N99) (NT SD53-14)  |  Alawa people (N92) (NT SD53-10)  |  Wakaya language (C16) (NT SE53-15)  |  Wampaya / Wambaya people (C19) (NT SE53-11)  |  Binbinga language (N138) (NT SE53-03)  |  Walmala Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-08)  |  Gurdanji / Kurdanji / Gudanji language (C26) (NT SE53-07)  |  Wilingura people (N99) (NT SD53-14)  |  Yanyuwa / Yanuwa language (N153) (NT SE53-04)  |  Anmatyerre / Anmatyerr language (C8.1) (NT SF53-09)  |  Arabana / Arabunna people (L13) (SA SH53-03)  |  Pinkangarna / Bin-gongina language (C21) (NT SE53-09)  |  Mara / Marra people (N112) (NT SD53-11)  |  Binbinga people (N138) (NT SE53-03)  |  Mara / Marra language (N112) (NT SD53-11)  |  Alyawarr / Alyawarre language (C14) (NT SF53-07)  |  Warlpiri language (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Yawarawarka language (L23) (SA SG54-10)  |  Diyari / Dieri people (L17) (SA SH54-01)  |  Anmatyerre / Anmatyerr people (C8.1) (NT SF53-09)  |  Alawa language (N92) (NT SD53-10)  |  Warumungu people (C18) (NT SE53-10)  |  Yawarawarka people (L23) (SA SG54-10)  |  Jingulu / Djingili / Jingili language (C22) (NT SE53-06)  |  Pinkangarna / Bin-gongina people (C21) (NT SE53-09)  |  Kaytetye / Kaytej people (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Alyawarr / Alyawarre people (C14) (NT SF53-07)  |  Gurdanji / Kurdanji / Gudanji people (C26) (NT SE53-07)  |  Jingulu / Djingili / Jingili people (C22) (NT SE53-06)  |  Diyari / Dieri language (L17) (SA SH54-01)  |  Uluru / Ayers Rock (South Central NT SG52-08)  |  Arnhem Land (NT)  |  Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre (NE SA SH53-04)  |  South Australia - Central Australia (SA SG52, SG53)  |  Finke River (South Central NT SF53-13, SG53-01, SG53-06)  |  Western Australia (WA)  |  Gulf of Carpentaria (SD53, SD54, SE54)  |  South Australia - West (SA SH53, SI53)  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Gillen, F. J. (Francis James), 1855-1912  |  Spencer, Baldwin, Sir, 1860-1929. Native tribes of Central Australia


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