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The Australian Aborigines / by A.P. Elkin
Bib ID 2159573
Format BookBook
Author
Elkin, A. P. (Adolphus Peter), 1891-1979
 
Edition 5th ed. 
Description Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1974 
xv, 397 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0207130094
Summary

First published in 1938; this edition is a revised version of The Australian Aborigines; how to understand them 4th ed; New preface discusses the history of the book; Antiquity, origin and migrations, language information; Living off the land, seasons, hunting, artefacts, psychological adaptation, shelters, nomadism; Position amongst the peoples of the world; Tribes and inter-tribal gatherings, customs, local groups, family, kinship, classificatory system, types of systems (Ngarinjen, Nyul Nyul, Aranda, Luritcha, Karadjeri, Kariera); Social groups, section and moieties, alternative and irregular marriages; Kinship avoidance, taboos, methods of obtaining a wife, marriage of old men and young girls, pirauru relationship; Totemism; Secret life and initiation, missionary problems; Meaning and social function of rites; Philosophy and beliefs, increase rites, mythology and mythological figures - sky heroes, mother-goddess cult, rainbow serpent; Art and rituals - 8 art regions, bark paintings, carving; Music and dancing, sacred chanting, musical instruments, secular music, musical patterns, Songman, description of dances, diffusion, poetry, song and chant and cycles; Medicine men and magic, causes of illness and death, making of medicine men; Death, inquest and revenge, burial rites, fate after death; Briefly summarizes the phases of AboriginalEuropean contact and past govt. policies, growing Aboriginal involvement and the development of Aboriginal service and welfare organizations; Mixed-bloods, disintegration of traditional life, and the problems of prejudice; Aboriginality and cultural identity.

Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. [389]-390.

Subjects Australian Aborigines. Cultural processes  |  Aboriginal Australians.  |  Karajarri people (A64) (WA SE51-10)  |  Stories and motifs - Rainbow serpent.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage - Wrong marriage.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Avoidance relationships.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Music - Instruments.  |  Luritja / Loritja people (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Music - Musicians - Composers and songwriters.  |  Language - Linguistics - Language classification.  |  Kariyarra language (W39) (WA SF50-10)  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Death - Inquests.  |  Technology.  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Language.  |  Family.  |  Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin people (K18) (WA SE52-01)  |  Stories and motifs - Creation / Cosmology.  |  Social identity - Aboriginality.  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Karajarri language (A64) (WA SE51-10)  |  Government policy - Assimilation.  |  Habitation - Nomadism.  |  Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin language (K18) (WA SE 52-01)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Aged.  |  Nyulnyul / Nyul Nyul people (K13) (WA SE51-02)  |  Feuds and warfare - Avenging.  |  Kariyarra people (W39) (WA SF50-10)  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Arrernte / Aranda language (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes.  |  Race relations - Racial discrimination.  |  Environment - Climate and weather - Seasons.  |  Luritja / Loritja language (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Art - Painting - Bark.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Performing arts.  |  Nyulnyul / Nyul Nyul language (K13) (WA SE 51-02)  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Systems - Moieties.  |  Australia.

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