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The first Australians / by Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt
Bib ID 2737857
Format BookBook
Author
Berndt, Ronald M. (Ronald Murray), 1916-
 
Edition [2nd ed.]. 
Description Sydney : Ure Smith, [1967] 
xv, 166 p. : illus. ; 23 cm. 
Summary

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.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Fishing - Fish nets.  |  Trade and exchange - Trade routes.  |  Sex relations - Extramarital.  |  Geography - Territories and boundaries.  |  Food.  |  Transport - Water - Canoes.  |  Children.  |  Food - Seafood - Fish.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Magic and sorcery - Love magic.  |  Aged.  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking - Meat.  |  Land rights.  |  Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes.  |  Fishing - Fish traps.  |  Housing - Shelters.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Weapons - Spears.  |  Magic and sorcery.  |  Stories and motifs - Baiame.  |  Death - Mourning.  |  Ceremonies - Rom ceremonies.  |  Religion - Rites - Kunapipi.  |  Art - Subjects - Contact.  |  Art - Rock art - Painting.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Transport - Water - Rafts.  |  Art - Drawing - Crayon drawing.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules.  |  Art - Painting - Bark.  |  Ceremonies - Rain making.  |  Transport - Water - Sail making.
Other authors/contributors Berndt, Catherine H. (Catherine Helen), 1918-1994

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