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Kamilaroi and Kurnai : group-marriage and relationship, and marriage by elopement, drawn chiefly from the usage of the Australian aborigines : also the Kurnai tribe, their customs in peace and war / by Lorimer Fison and A. W. Howitt ; with an introduction by Lewis H. Morgan
Bib ID 2380430
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, volume]
Fison, Lorimer, 1832-1907, author
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Access Conditions This book contains information about Aboriginal culture and ceremonies, language, words and descriptions that may be considered offensive or distressing. These words reflect the attitude of the period in which the item was written and/or that of its author. 
Description Melbourne, [Victoria] : George Robertson, 1880 
372 pages, [1] folded leaf of plates (map) ; 23 cm 

Essays on Kamilaroi marriage, descent and relationships, and group marriage and relationship by Lorimer Fison, includes examination of kinship theories, for example Morgans Turanian system and comparisons with other kinship systems and social organisation in Australia and Pacific Islands including Dieri and Mount Gambier examples; Howitts essay The Kurnai; their customs in peace and war describes Kurnai life cycle including child rearing, marriage customs and obligations, Kurnai population, territorial extent of clans, kinship tables, mortuary customs and beliefs, spiritual life and sorcery and conflict with Brajerak of Monaro; Appendices; Food distribution of Kurnai and Monaro tribes, Turndun ritual instrument of Kurnai, Kamilaroi and Chepara, social organisation of Gournditch-mara, Geawegal, Waimbio, Turra , summary comparison of Kurnai and Kamilaroi marriage systems.


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Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia, 9617

Subjects Morgan, Lewis H. (Lewis Henry), 1818-1881.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Kinship.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Marriage customs and rites.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Social life and customs.  |  Kurnai (Australian people)  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Bullroarers.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Social behaviour - Socialisation - Child rearing.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Communications - Nonverbal - Sign language and gestures.  |  Food - Sociocultural aspects.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Avoidance relationships.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Kinship terms.  |  Gender relations - Polygamy.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Reproduction - Childbirth.  |  Gender relations - Elopement.  |  Brabralung people (S45) (Vic SJ55-07)  |  Braiakaulung people (S41) (Vic SJ55-06)  |  Bratauolung people (S39) (Vic SJ55-10)  |  Bungandidj / Buandig people (S13) (SA SJ54-06)  |  Diyari / Dieri people (L17) (SA SH54-01)  |  Gamilaraay / Gamilaroi / Kamilaroi people (D23) (NSW SH55-12)  |  Geawegal people (E1) (NSW SI56-01)  |  Gunditjmara / Gurndidy / Dhaurwurd-Wurrung people (S20) (Vic SJ54-11)  |  Krauatungulung people (S48) (Vic SJ55-08)  |  Kurnai / Gunai people (S68) (Vic SJ55)  |  Narangga / Narrunga people (L1) (SA SI53-12)  |  Ngarigo / Ngarigu people (S46) (NSW SJ55-04)  |  Tatungalung language (S42) (Vic SJ55-11)  |  Yugambeh / Yugumbir people (E17) (Qld SG56-15)  |  Yuwibara / Yuwiburra / Yuibera people (E54) (Qld SF55-08)  |  Northwest New South Wales (NW NSW SH54, SH55, SI54)  |  New South Wales North Coast (NSW N Coast SH56, SI56)  |  Pacific Islands.  |  North East South Australia (NE SA SG54, SH54)  |  Adelaide (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Mount Gambier (SE SA SJ54-06)  |  East Queensland (E Qld SF55, SF56)  |  Brisbane (SE Qld SG56-15)  |  Northern New South Wales (N NSW SH55, SH56)  |  Southwest New South Wales (SW NSW SI54, SI55)  |  Sydney (NSW SI56-05)  |  Snowy / Monaro / Southern New South Wales area (S NSW SI55, SJ55)  |  Western Victoria (W Vic)  |  Melbourne (Vic SJ55-05)  |  New South Wales North Coast (NSW N Coast SH56)  |  North West New South Wales (NW NSW SH54, SH55, SI54)  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Howitt, A. W. (Alfred William), 1830-1908, author  |  Morgan, Lewis H. (Lewis Henry), 1818-1881, writer of introduction

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