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Desert people : a study of the Walbiri Aborigines of Central Australia / by M.J. Meggitt
Bib ID 753055
Format BookBook
Meggitt, Mervyn J., 1924-
Description Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1962 
xix, 348 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0207130051

Ethnography of the Walbiri (Waljbiri); physical environment, includes table of Walbiri flora, with language and Latin names, uses; history from 1862, contacts with Australian explorers, pastoral settlement, violent conflict, establishment of Aboriginal settlements; contemporary distribution, numbers, relations with neighbouring groups, ethnocentrism; local organisation, sections, subsections, personal mobility in relation to religious significance of country; kinship system, residential family unit, marital relations, discord, elopements, adultery; socialisation, relations between parents and children, other kinfolk; moieties, descent; progressions through agegrades; law, social control; betrothal, marriage, childbirth; initiation, circumcision, subincision; death, funerary practices, child vs adult, man vs woman, causes of death, mourning.

Full contents Includes index 

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. [341]-342.

Subjects Warlpiri (Australian people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Sex relations - Extramarital.  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage - Wrong marriage.  |  Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Warlpiri language (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Reproduction - Childbirth.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Systems - Moieties.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture - Pastoral industry.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Botany.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Plant names.  |  Gender relations - Elopement.  |  Gender relations - Betrothal.  |  Settlement and contacts - Explorers.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Kinship terms.  |  Adolescence - Puberty.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Initiation - Subincision.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Demography - Family and household characteristics.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Social organisation - Relationships - Joking.  |  Family - Paternity - Illegitimacy.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Initiation - Circumcision.  |  Family - Parents.  |  Children.  |  Death - Mourning.  |  Social behaviour - Socialisation - Child rearing.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Avoidance relationships.  |  Northern Territory - Central NT.


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