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The Australian Aborigines : how to understand them / by A.P. Elkin
Bib ID 77258
Format BookBook
Elkin, A. P. (Adolphus Peter), 1891-1979
Edition 4th ed. 
Description Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1964 
xxii, 393 p., [33] p. of plates : ill., geneal. tables, map, ports (1 col.) ; 23 cm. 

First published 1938, this ed. enlarged and revised; 2ed, 1943, 3ed, 1954, with reprints in 1945, 1948, 1956, 1961; 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, sections and moieties, alternate 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 ritual - 8 art regions, bark paintings, carvings; Music and dancing - sacred chanting, musical instruments, secular music, musical patterns, Songman, description of dances, diffusion, poetry, song and chant cycles; Medicine men and magic, causes of illness and death, making of medicine men; Death, inquest and revenge, burial rites, fate after death; Brief summary of past policies, process of assimilation, group aspect, citizenship; Many areas and tribes mentioned.


Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.  |  Mayali / Mayawarli language (N44) (NT SD53-01)  |  Luritja / Loritja people (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Rembarrnga people (N73) (NT SD53-06)  |  Death - Inquests.  |  Batjamal / Wogait people (N6) (NT SD52-07)  |  Djinba / Dyinba people (N97) (NT SD53-02)  |  Dhayyi / Dha?i language group (N118) (NT SD53-07)  |  Aged.  |  Djinba/ Dyinba language (N97) (NT SD53-02)  |  Art - Painting - Bark.  |  Arrernte / Aranda language (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Environment - Climate and weather - Seasons.  |  Feuds and warfare - Avenging.  |  Jawoyn people (N57) (NT SD53-09)  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Language.  |  Kariyarra people (W39) (WA SF50-10)  |  Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin people (K18) (WA SE52-01)  |  Stories and motifs - Creation / Cosmology.  |  Tiwi people (N20) (NT SC52-16)  |  Family.  |  Larrakia / Laragiya / Gulumirrgin people (N21) (NT SD52-04)  |  Mayali / Mayawarli people (N44) (NT SD53-01)  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Avoidance relationships.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Batjamal / Wogait language (N6) (NT SD52-07)  |  Luritja / Loritja language (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Stories and motifs - Rainbow serpent.  |  Music - Instruments.  |  Death - Mortuary / funeral ceremonies.  |  Habitation - Nomadism.  |  Music - Musicians - Composers and songwriters.  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Karajarri people (A64) (WA SE51-10)  |  Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes.  |  Nyulnyul / Nyul Nyul language (K13) (WA SE 51-02)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Systems - Moieties.  |  Rembarrnga language (N73) (NT SD53-06)  |  Government policy - Assimilation.  |  Tiwi language (N20) (NT SC52-16)  |  Jawoyn language (N57) (NT SD53-09)  |  Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin language (K18) (WA SE 52-01)  |  Larrakia / Laragiya / Gulumirrgin language (N21) (NT SD52-04)  |  Kariyarra language (W39) (WA SF50-10)  |  Technology.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Ngalkbun people (N76) (NT SD53-06)  |  Karajarri language (A64) (WA SE51-10)  |  Nyulnyul / Nyul Nyul people (K13) (WA SE51-02)  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage - Wrong marriage.  |  Performing arts.  |  Language - Linguistics - Language classification.  |  Australia.


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