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Back in the stone age : the natives of Central Australia / Charles Chewings ; photographs by Frank Gillen
Bib ID 8668709
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Chewings, Charles, 1859-1937, author
 
Description Exile Bay, [NSW] : ETT Imprint, 2022 
©2022 
117 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781922698490 (paperback)
Summary

Camps of natives, wooden utensils carried by women, digging for yams with sticks, grinding seed, making string from hair & fur; Mode of sitting; Materials used in making spears & spearthrowers; Principal foods, snakes, berries, rats & grubs, etc.; Method of greeting, inter-tribal etiquette; All natives communists as regards food, division of labour; Squeezing of frogs for water; Central Mount Stuart, method of digging out grubs, and green caterpillars; Method of cooking game & fish; Tobacco - native craving method of making a chewing-quid; Notes on kangaroo-rats, emus; Uses of spinifex gum; Use of massage sticks; Use of message sticks; Training of children, childhood; Male ornaments - wearing of pubic tassel made of rat-tail tips; forehead band, hairdressing; Womens ornaments - cord of wallaby hairs around head; strings of beans worn around neck; Magic healing by sucking, faith in medicine men - gives instances, Macumba Station, Finke R., Tennants Creek; Rain-making magic; Beliefs of monsters living in waters - Finke Gorge; Origin of the rain totem; Punishments - elopement; fights over women; womens fights; Betrothal and marriage customs (Luritja & Aranda), lending & exchange of wives; Cicatrices and other mutilations; death and mourning customs; piercing of septum, tooth avulsion (not universal); Birth, infanticide, elder of twins killed; Brief notes on sign language, especially used during silence ban Conception beliefs; Class system (Barrow Creek), terms, marriage system, outline of totemic system, avoidance relationships, straight and crooked marriages; Avenging (Katitja) tribe; Map showing tribal positions geographically.

Full contents
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Early memories of the ranges
  • Remarkable faculties and peculiar habits
  • Communists and degenerate loafers
  • Coping with dry country, and other matters
  • Hereditary traits and other things
  • Training young fighters
  • The magician and superstition
  • Punishments to fit the crime
 
Notes

First published by Angus & Robertson in 1936.

Cultural sensitivity advisory notice: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this item may contain names, recordings, images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions within this work which reflect the author’s attitude, or that of the period in which the work was created, and may now be considered inaccurate, inappropriate or offensive.

Reproduction Originally published Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1936. 
Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Australia, Central -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory.  |  Ethnology -- Australia -- Northern Territory.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Ethnology.  |  Indigenous peoples.  |  Alyawarr -- Alyawarre language (C14) (NT SF53-07)  |  Alyawarr -- Alyawarre people (C14) (NT SF53-07)  |  Arrernte -- Aranda language (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Arrernte -- Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Pinkangarna -- Bin-gongina language (C21) (NT SE53-09)  |  Pinkangarna -- Bin-gongina people (C21) (NT SE53-09)  |  Jingulu -- Djingili -- Jingili language (C22) (NT SE53-06)  |  Jingulu -- Djingili -- Jingili people (C22) (NT SE53-06)  |  Kaytetye -- Kaytej language (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Kaytetye -- Kaytej people (C13) (NT SF53-06)  |  Luritja -- Loritja language (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Luritja -- Loritja people (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Pitjantjatjara language (C6) (NT SG52-11)  |  Pitjantjatjara people (C6) (NT SG52-11)  |  Wakaya language (C16) (NT SE53-15)  |  Wakaya people (C16) (NT SE53-15)  |  Warlpiri language (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Warumungu language (C18) (NT SE53-01)  |  Warumungu people (C18) (NT SE53-10)  |  Wirangu language (C1) (SA SH53-14)  |  Wirangu people (C1) (SA SH53-14)  |  Yumu language (C11) (NT SF52-16)  |  Yumu people (C11) (NT SF52-16)  |  Aboriginal Australians.  |  Feuds and warfare -- Avenging.  |  Social organisation -- Avoidance rules -- Language.  |  Body -- Scarification.  |  Habitation -- Camps.  |  Ceremonies -- Rain making.  |  Children.  |  Health -- Treatments -- Traditional -- Clever people.  |  Communications -- Message sticks.  |  Communications -- Nonverbal -- Sign language and gestures.  |  Costume and clothing -- Hair dressing.  |  Costume and clothing -- Necklaces, pendants, etc.  |  Costume and clothing -- Nose pegs and piercing.  |  Costume and clothing -- Pubic covering.  |  Death -- Mourning.  |  Gender relations -- Division of labour.  |  Food -- Seafood -- Fish.  |  Food.  |  Food -- Insects -- Grubs.  |  Gathering -- Insects -- Grubs.  |  Food -- Meat -- Kangaroo -- Wallaby.  |  Social organisation -- Kinship -- Marriage.  |  Social organisation -- Avoidance rules -- Avoidance relationships.  |  Plants -- Spinifex.  |  Stories and motifs -- Rain and storms.  |  Recreation -- Play -- Children.  |  Religion -- Totemism.  |  Reproduction -- Childbirth.  |  Reproduction -- Conception.  |  Gender relations -- Betrothal.  |  Gender relations -- Elopement.  |  Food -- Meat -- Snake.  |  Substance use -- Smoking -- Tobacco.  |  Material culture -- Human hair objects and decorations.  |  Material culture -- String and rope making.  |  Technology -- Utensils.  |  Initiation -- Tooth avulsion.  |  Language -- Vocabulary -- Human classification.  |  Water supply.  |  Weapons -- Spears.  |  Weapons -- Spearthrowers -- Making.  |  Social organisation -- Kinship -- Marriage -- Wrong marriage.  |  Food -- Plants -- Yams.  |  Gathering -- Plants -- Yams.  |  Animals -- Amphibians -- Frogs and toads.  |  Animals -- Mammals -- Marsupials.  |  Alyawarr people C14.  |  Arrernte language C8.  |  Arrernte people C8.  |  Pinkangarna people C21.  |  Jingulu language C22.  |  Jingili people C22.  |  Kaytetye language C13.  |  Kaytetye people C13.  |  Luritja language C7.1.  |  Luritja people C7.1.  |  Pitjantjatjara language C6.  |  Pitjantjatjara people C6.  |  Wakaya language C16.  |  Wakaya people C16.  |  Warlpiri language C15.  |  Yapa people C15.  |  Warumungu language C18.  |  Warumungu people C18.  |  Wirangu language C1.  |  Wirangu people C1.  |  Yumu language C11.  |  Yumu people C11.  |  Alyawarr language C14.  |  Australia -- Central Australia.  |  Northern Territory -- Native races.  |  Northern Territory.  |  Barrow Creek (Central NT SF53-06)  |  Finke Gorge (South Central NT SF53-13)  |  Finke River (South Central NT SF53-13, SG53-01, SG53-06)  |  Macumba (SA Central Australia SG53-15)  |  Central Mount Stuart (Central NT Tanami Desert SF53-05)  |  Tennant Creek (Central NT SE53-14)  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Gillen, Frank, photographer

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