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A world that was : the Yaraldi of the Murray River and the Lakes, South Australia / Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt with John E. Stanton
Bib ID 1342136
Format BookBook
Berndt, Ronald M. (Ronald Murray), 1916-
Description Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press, 1993 
xxxi, 624 p., [20] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports., general tables ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 0522844278

Miegunyah Press series ; no. 11.


Extensive and detailed ethnography of the Yaraldi (a dialect unit of the Kukabrak/Narrinyeri); physical environment; economic geography; population and disease; social composition, territorial organisation and their neighbours; kinship, clan structure and hierarchy; marriage, polygamy and the status of women - sexual relations, illegitimacy, elopement; genealogies of Albert Karloan and Pinkie Mack; maps of Brinkley Reserve and Murray Bridge; avoidance relationships; clan council; use comedy an examples of humour; trials of sorcery; subsistence economy; seasonality and division of time; hunting, fishing and gathering techniques; implements and equipment - canoes, spears, spearthrowers, clubs, boomerangs, shields, traps and snares, nets, baskets, mats; food preparation; food preservation; cloak and rug making; extraction of animal oils; trade and exchange items; exchange relationships - the Ngengampi; food taboos; conception beliefs, spirit child and soul, pregnancy prevention, infanticide, childbirth; socialization - infancy and childhood, naming; sexual relations in childhood, puberty rites - cicatrisation, beliefs about menstruation, defloration; male initiation (associated games and ritual); marriage, elopement and other sexual relations; love magic; healing magic - familiars; the spirit world - the dead and other nature spirits; ceremonies, song types and their composition; mythic deities, culture heroes - Ngurnderi, Waiyungari and the wives of Nepeli; other mythic beings - moon woman, birds (crow, crane, jay, magpie, pelican, native companion, emu), animals (water rat, whale, possum), amphibians, water, snake, fire; significance of the miwi and its use; reasons for, protection against, materials, methods and forms of sorcery; death and mortuary rituals; causes of death; summary of precontact culture and post- contact change; includes appendices 1) Kukabrak neighbours and dialectal units; 2) Kukabrak clans; 3) clan lands; 4) texts and translatins; 5) genealogical tables; 6) traditional foods; 7) songs and translations.


Includes indexes.

Bibliography: p. 597-601.

Subjects Ngarrindjeri (Australian people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Ngarrindjeri (Australian people) -- Cultural assimilation.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Murray River Estuary (N.S.W.-S.A.)  |  Aboriginal Australians -- South Australia.  |  Yaraldi / Yaralde language (S8) (SA SI54-13)  |  Tanganekald people (S11) (SA SI54-14)  |  Yu Yu people (S19) (Vic SI54-11)  |  Tanganekald language (S11) (SA SI54-14)  |  Yu Yu language (S19) (Vic SI54-11)  |  Ngarrindjeri / Narrinjeri people (S69) (SA SI54-13)  |  Ngarrindjeri / Narrinjeri language (S69) (SA SI54-13)  |  Yaraldi / Yaralde people (S8) (SA SI54-13)  |  Raukkan / Point McLeay (SE SA SI54-13)  |  River Murray (SW NSW, N Vic, SE SA SI54, SI55)  |  Murray Bridge (SE SA SI54-13)
Other authors/contributors Berndt, Catherine H. (Catherine Helen), 1918-1994  |  Stanton, J. E. (John Edward), 1950-


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