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The sacred site : the western Arnhem Land example / R.M. Berndt
Bib ID 2146916
Format BookBook
Berndt, Ronald M. (Ronald Murray), 1916-
Description Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1969 
vi, 64 p. : maps ; 26 cm. 

Australian aboriginal studies ; no. 29.

Social anthropology series ; no. 4.


Defines sacredness and importance of sites in the Croker Island, Coburg Peninsula and Murgenella Plain area of the Arnhem Land Reserve; gives detailed information on informants background and lists Margu, Gunwinggu, Jiwadja, Woraidbag, Amurag & Maung as important local affiliations; expression of the social and quasi-social relationships, example given in song from the Wawalag cycle (with free and literal translation), comparison of sites in Murinbata, Aranda & other tribal areas; sketch maps cover 4 sheets divided into 14 sections giving approximate locations for extensive lists of sites with Aboriginal place names; tables give keys to social divisions shown on maps; discussion of preservation of sites and development of the area; proposals for land protection advanced.


Bibliography: p. 58.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land -- Religion.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Place names.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Wagilak / Wawilak people (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Sites - Sacred sites.  |  Amurdak / Umorrdak / Amarak language (N47) (NT SC53-13)  |  Marrgu / Margu language (N45) (NT SC53-13)  |  Stories and motifs.  |  Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku language (N65) (NT SD53-02)  |  Arrernte / Aranda language (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Sites - Conservation and protection.  |  Marrgu / Margu people (N45) (NT SC53-13)  |  Language - Texts and translations - Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal language.  |  Wareidbug people (N48) (NT SC53-13)  |  Iwaidja / Yiwayja / Yiwadya language (N39) (NT SC53-13)  |  Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku people (N65) (NT SD53-02)  |  W©Þgilak / Wawilak language (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Amurdak / Umorrdak / Amarak people (N47) (NT SC53-13)  |  W©Þgilak / Wawilak people (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Murrinhpatha people (N3) (NT SD52-11)  |  Maung / Mawng people (N64) (NT SC53-13)  |  Wagilak / Wawilak language (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Iwaidja / Yiwayja / Yiwadya people (N39) (NT SC53-13)  |  Maung / Mawng language (N64) (NT SC53-13)  |  Murrinhpatha language (N3) (NT SD52-11)  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Cobourg Peninsula / Gurig National Park (West Arnhem Land NT SC53-13)  |  Croker Island (West Arnhem Land NT SC53-13)  |  Murgenella (West Arnhem Land NT SC53-13)


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