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History of West Australia : a narrative of her past together with biographies of her leading men / compiled by W.B. Kimberly
Bib ID 93499
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
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Description Melbourne : F.W. Niven, 1897 
357, 236 pages, 24 leaves of plates : illustrations, ports ; 32 cm. 

General account of the Aborigines (of the south-west WA) - mainly quoting Grey; origin and antiquity - racial affiliations, physical affiliations; psychology and education; clothing and body decoration; race relations - Europeans as the dead; magic and sorcery; religious beliefs; marriage and social organisation; shelters and camp activities; includes extensive description of a corroboree (kangaroo hunt, frog dance) - dance; singing - brief song texts and translations; diet - includes famine foods; water sources - wells; weapons and hunting - techniques of kangaroo hunting and fishing described; cooking; inter-tribal conflicts; messages; crimes and punishments; attitudes sickness and wounds - amputation, medicine; rock art; mortuary customs and attitudes to death - graves.


"... the following historical narrative - the first yet published on Western Australia." - Pref.

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Ferguson, J.A. Bibliography of Australia, 11142

Subjects Politicians -- Western Australia -- Biography.  |  Professional employees -- Western Australia -- Biography.  |  Feuds and warfare.  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking.  |  Costume and clothing.  |  Body - Decoration.  |  Social behaviour - Social deviance - Punishment.  |  Stories and motifs - Mythological beings.  |  Communications - Message sticks.  |  Hunting, gathering and fishing.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Social organisation.  |  Psychology - Cognition.  |  Stories and motifs - Kangaroos / Wallabies.  |  Language - Texts and translations - Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal language.  |  Human biology - Physical anthropology.  |  Habitation.  |  Subsistence and economy.  |  Performing arts.  |  Health - Treatments - Traditional - Clever people.  |  Art - Rock art.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Dance.  |  Weapons.  |  Death - Mortuary customs.  |  Western Australia -- History -- 1829-1900.  |  Western Australia -- Politics and government -- 1829-1900.  |  Western Australia (WA)  |  South West Western Australia (SW WA SH50, SI50)
Other authors/contributors Kimberly, W. B

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