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Aboriginal people of Australia

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Aboriginal people of Australia
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Aboriginal people of Australia
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Chap.I; Origin; uncertainty about Australian Aborigines, appear to be a very ancient race, migrated from north and settled along three different lines a) following west coast b) east coast of Australia c) through centre of Australia to south coast; Tasmanians a different race, Tasmanians were original inhabitants of Australia; Aborigines had no knowledge of one true God, making of idols never known, implications; Chap.II; Language, misconception that Aboriginal language was only a dialect of less than 200 words without scientific construction, Dean Kenny on finish and perfection of their tongue, grammatical construction of all languages of Australia is same; Father Donald McKillops details about gender in language of Northern Territory tribes, mispronunciation of Aboriginal place names, practice of reduplication with examples, in place names practice of giving every object two names, resonant quality of the Aboriginal voice; sign language as a means of communication between tribes, investigations by Dr. W.E. Roth; Chap.III; Food, relation of food supply with their whole system, responsible for defining and recognition of each tribal area, if a suitable cereal had grown in Australia Aborigines could have made some progress, list of foods available to Aborigines; means of obtaining various foods; Chap.IV; Weapons, implements, etc., detailed descriptions of boomerang, spears, woomera and shields, districts where each type of implements was in use; Chap.V; Tracking, Aborigines skill, use that white men have made of it; Chap.VI; Stalking, necessity of stalking animals in open country, details; Chap.VII; Smoke signals, this method of communication is worth scientific investigation, method of sending; Chap.VIII; Fire, water, rainmaking, use of fire and method of starting one, how tribes in waterless areas overcame problem of finding water supplies, how water was detected in ground by presence of certain plants, list of objects used as water-carrier, rituals associated with rain-making; Chap.IX; Varia, hardships, brief description of burial customs, mourning customs; Chap.X; Nomadic habits, necessity of wandering in order to procure food, attitude of early settlers to this wandering habit, seasonal moving for shelter, home area, loss of desire to go roaming after food and shelter were given to them; Chap.XI; Corroboree, promoted good feeling and friendship between tribes; portrayal of events in their everyday life, legendary or historical events, preparations for a corroboree, description of ritual; Chap.XII; Magic, exaggeration by white men of importance of magic in natives lives, practice of boning or singing a person; death of natives who believe that kidneyfat has been stolen, rarity of actual existence of sorcerers within tribes, practice of Kaditcha, more widely used in central areas of Australia than on coast; Chap.XIII; System of life, possibility that natives made retrogade movement in cultural life, problem was to exist, not to progress; Chap.XIV; Government, laws of government had origin in public utility, food supply, list of laws; Chap.XV; Initiation, purpose, secrecy associated with the ceremony, brief references; Chap.XVI; Totemism, unknown origins of practice, theories on purpose; Chap.XVII; Sacred churinga, importance of churinga in tribal life, secrecy surrounding it, object of great reverence and awe; Chap.XVIII; Council meetings, membership restricted to elders, conservatism of the council, meeting place sacred; Chap.XIX; Phratries, creation of marriage divisions, detailed account; Chap.XX; Population, estimate, native population of Australia before settlement and at date when account was written; Chap.XXI; Land, laws and customs of Aborigines on land division, attitude of natives when their land was taken from them; Chap.XXII; Unity of race, quotes Ramsay Smith, implications; Chap.XXIII; Problem of the Aboriginal people, detailed analysis of attempts by various sections of community to deal with problems of
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Aboriginal people of Australia
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  • Typescript
  • MS - Held Queensland University
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M0051236
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146 p.
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0073443
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Aboriginal people of Australia
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  • Typescript
  • MS - Held Queensland University
Control code
M0051236
Extent
146 p.
System control number
0073443

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