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The first Australians / by Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt
Bib ID 2189623
Format BookBook
Berndt, Ronald M. (Ronald Murray), 1916-
Edition 3rd ed. 
Description Sydney : Ure Smith, 1974 
152 p., 44 p. of plates (chiefly col.) : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0725401699

Origin, physical description, language diversity, religion, environmental differences; tribal boundaries linked with mythology, totemic centres, beliefs; Arnhem Land notes on descent, fishing spears, canoes, rafts, log canoes with Macassan-type sails; fish traps, nets; variety of weapons & artefacts; Brief notes on huts, Great Victoria Desert, Arnhem Land, R. Murray, Stirling R., Daly R. - preservation of food, fruit, fish, animal meat; Trade (Arnhem Land) - 6 main ceremonies; Djamalag, Rom, Midjan, Wurbu, Mamurung, Njalaidj; trade routes, list of goods traded; Childhood, education, initiation, marriage, agegrades, care of elderly; Spritual beliefs Djanggawul, Banaitja, Kunapipi & others, brief reference to Daramulan & Baiami (N.S.W.), Murunderi & Nepeli (S.A.); heroes of Lake Eyre, Great Victoria Desert and Kimberleys, Northern Territory tribes, relevant mythology; secular myths retold; Ritual and description of increase ceremonies, love magic rituals, dances, notes on sacred, secular, mourning and gossip songs; Artefacts, wooden carvings (W.A., N.T.), rock and cave paintings (Kimberleys); Law & order, taboos, punishment, peace making ceremony (Arnhem Land); organized meetings by Narrinyerri (mouth of R. Murray) unique, behaviour patterns, pre-marital & extra-marital sexual expression All types of magic, rainmakers, charms; Mortuary rites, types of burial (Great Victoria Desert, Arnhem Land), mourning; Foreign influence before European settlement, present day culture contact situation, land rights; Three songs from Arnhem Land in English, drawings show bark paintings, crayon drawings from Arnhem Land.


Bibliography: p. 147-151.

Subjects Australian Aborigines. Cultural processes. Central Australia  |  Aboriginal Australians.  |  Tanganekald language (S11) (SA SI54-14)  |  Fishing - Fish traps.  |  Larrakia / Laragiya / Gulumirrgin language (N21) (NT SD52-04)  |  Religion - Rites - Kunapipi.  |  Trade and exchange - Trade routes.  |  Maung / Mawng language (N64) (NT SC53-13)  |  Larrakia / Laragiya / Gulumirrgin people (N21) (NT SD52-04)  |  Ngarrindjeri / Narrinjeri language (S69) (SA SI54-13)  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking - Meat.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules.  |  Art - Rock art - Painting.  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Transport - Water - Rafts.  |  Children.  |  Fishing - Fish nets.  |  Bedaruwidj / Tatiara language (S15) (SA SJ54-02)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Magic and sorcery - Amulets and charms.  |  Art - Painting - Bark.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Transport - Water - Canoes.  |  Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku language (N65) (NT SD53-02)  |  Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes.  |  Food - Seafood - Fish.  |  Ceremonies - Rain making.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Land rights.  |  Geography - Territories and boundaries.  |  Tanganekald people (S11) (SA SI54-14)  |  Bedaruwidj / Tatiara people (S15) (SA SJ54-02)  |  Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku people (N65) (NT SD53-02)  |  Ceremonies - Rom ceremonies.  |  Kunbarlang / Gunbalang people (N69) (NT SD53-02)  |  Maung / Mawng people (N64) (NT SC53-13)  |  Diyari / Dieri people (L17) (SA SH54-01)  |  Weapons - Spears.  |  Food.  |  Ramindjeri language (S2) (SA SI54-13)  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Magic and sorcery - Love magic.  |  Marrithiyel language (N7) (NT SD52-07)  |  Ramindjeri people (S2) (SA SI54-13)  |  Housing - Shelters.  |  Kija / Gidja people (K20) (WA SE52-06)  |  Art - Subjects - Contact.  |  Kija / Gidja language (K20) (WA SE 52-06)  |  Art - Drawing - Crayon drawing.  |  Kunbarlang / Gunbalang language (N69) (NT SD53-02)  |  Stories and motifs - Baiame.  |  Sex relations - Extramarital.  |  Ngarrindjeri / Narrinjeri people (S69) (SA SI54-13)  |  Death - Mourning.  |  Marrithiyel people (N7) (NT SD52-07)  |  Diyari / Dieri language (L17) (SA SH54-01)  |  Transport - Water - Sail making.  |  Aged.  |  Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre (NE SA SH53-04)  |  Northern Territory - Central NT.  |  Northern Territory Top End (NT)  |  North West New South Wales (NW NSW SH54, SH55, SI54)  |  Tiwi Islands (NT SC52-15, SC52-16)  |  North West Victoria (NW Vic SI55)  |  South Australia - Central Australia (SA SG52, SG53)  |  Daly Waters (North NT SE53-01)  |  Great Victoria Desert (SE WA SH52)  |  Western Australia - Central Australia (WA SE52, SF52, SG52)  |  Arnhem Land (NT)  |  South East Western Australia (SE WA SH51, SH52, SI51, SI52)  |  Southwest New South Wales (SW NSW SI54, SI55)  |  West Kimberley area (WA SD51, SD52, SE51)  |  Northern New South Wales (N NSW SH55, SH56)
Other authors/contributors Berndt, Catherine H. (Catherine Helen), 1918-1994


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