The Resource Across Australia, by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen

Across Australia, by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen

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Across Australia
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Across Australia
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by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen
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  • v.1, chap.2; Lake Eyre region & the Urabunna tribe; Tjantjiwanperta camp; two classes, marriage regulations, totems, descent; account of ceremony for increase of snakes, gives two lines of song (no translation); final ceremony of initiation scarification, myth relating to scars representing the bell bird, three lines of song; chap.3; From Oodnadatta to Charlotte Waters; chap.4; Animal and plant of the Lower Steppes - notes on the water bearing frog; origin of the dingo; chap.5; Charlotte Waters to the Macdonnell Ranges (Arunta) collection of Claytonia seeds for foods, use of grinding stones; tradition relating to site at Engurdina; totem centre at Undiarra (east of Henbury), legend, rock paintings, kangaroo increase ceremony; chap.6; The desert region of Lake Amadeus - rock paintings George Gill Ranges; pitchuri plant used as narcotic & for catching emus, trading; names of native wells; Ayers Rock - Luritja family; paintings - description given of 17 figures, drawings in caves; digging for honey ants; Mount Olga - setting fire to grass to aid catching animals, method of cleaning & cooking kangaroo, division of food; chap.7; The Higher Steppes lizards as food; Finke River Gorge (Arunta & Luritja tribes); chap.8; The Arunta natives and some of their customs and beliefs - methods of carrying children, childhood training, physical characters, hair form & dressing, body ornaments (men & women), notes on moieties, marriage rules, relationship terms; Arunta origin belief, totemic groups; Ertnatulunga place for keeping ritual objects, nature and meaning of designs on 16 ritual objects of Arunta, Warramunga, Kaitish, Urabunna, Luritja tribes; rain making ceremony at Charlotte Waters, body decorations described; chap.9; Alice Springs and the Arunta - native family at Ooraminna, camp life, fire making (2 methods given), weapons - stone axe, flaked stone knife, spear & spearthrower, boomerangs; description of corroboree (Altherta) called Tjitjingalla; account of avenging expedition, tribal fights;
  • v.2; chap.10; Sacred ceremonies of Arunta; inheritance of ritual objects & ceremony, messengers sent with invitation to neighbouring groups; Engwura ceremony described in detail, plan of ground, series of totemic rites plum tree, frog ceremonies given as example; instances of the use of Waningas and Nurtunjas, decorating the Kauaha pole, womens role at end of ceremomies; chap.11; The atninga or avenging party - account given in detail; chap.12; Alice Springs to Barrow Creek - bean tree beans used in the manufacture of ornaments, wood used for making shields and bowls; tradition of Irritchapuncha (Mount Winnecke); chap.13; Barrow Creek & the Kaitish and Unmatjeri tribes - account of the massacre in 1874; Alcheringa beliefs, reason for tooth avulsion among women; legend of Oruncha (Unmatjira), concerned with the making of medicine men, method of initiation, faith in medicine men by natives, methods of curing; chap.14; Magic various forms of pointing sticks & bones (Kaitish & Arunta); illustrations & account of magic implements used by the Warramunga, Kaitish, Arunta tribes, power of evil magic, kurdaitcha - gives two lines of song when shoes are being put on; chap.15; Barrow Creek to Tennant Creek; chap.16; Life in the Warramunga camp - physical stature, forehead & upper lip depilation camp life; method of making stone axes, adzes, knives, picks & spears; quarry at Renners Springs; manufacture of wooden bowls out of bark & wood (Kaitish, Warramunga, Arunta); tribal fight, tooth avulsion (women) - disposal of tooth (Kaitish, Warramunga), ceremonies connected with hair; gives 12 hand signs used when under ban of silence, ceremony performed when lifting the ban; chap.17; The great Wollunqua - Uluuru & Kingilli ceremonies, leading part taken by Worgaia man, lines of song given, ground drawings, notes on performers, myth behind ceremony, route of totemic ancestor; chap.18; Fire ceremony of the Warramunga - gives detailed account, role of women; chap.19; Death, mourning & burial ceremonies (Warramunga) - account of complete series from moment of death until final burial, women's part, finding the murder; chap.20; Tennant Creek to Powell Creek - Tappin ceremony; Renner Springs quarry - method of making stone knives; Tjingilli tribe at Powell Creek, Wantju totemic ceremonies, etiquette during rituals; chap.21; From Powell Creek to Gulf of Carpentaria, beliefs of Umbaia natives in regard to totemicancestors, tradition behind the 3 waterholes at Betaloo Downs, ceremonies connected with two lizard totems, a fly, a wallaby, a bird & a snake totem description of these, use of Anjulukli stone, Gnanji visitors attend rituals; camp of Gnanji at Karrabobba, food - fish, mussels, sugar bag (honeycombs) - method of fishing & collecting; hairdressing, messengers; Binbinga tribe at Macarthur River, bones of man in tree awaiting final burial, death & burial custom, eating of flesh; Chap.22; Mara, Anula & Binbinga at Borroloola classificatory system, descent, power & graduation of medicine men, types of canoes, barter from Malays of one type; spearthrowers, body ornaments; 4 string figures made by women; Appendix; Music transcription of corroboree song by Percy Grainger; map shows route taken by authors and position of the tribes
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1860-1929
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Spencer, Baldwin
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  • Grainger, Percy
  • Barrow Creek (N.T.)
Label
Across Australia, by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen
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Publication
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M0052097
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
2 v. (515 p.)
Governing access note
Not for Inter-Library Loan
Immediate source of acquisition
Copy 2 donated from the Needham Memorial Library, Australian Board of Mission
Other physical details
ill..(some col.), maps
Stock number
869 ; 870
System control number
0074638
Label
Across Australia, by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen
Publication
Control code
M0052097
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
2 v. (515 p.)
Governing access note
Not for Inter-Library Loan
Immediate source of acquisition
Copy 2 donated from the Needham Memorial Library, Australian Board of Mission
Other physical details
ill..(some col.), maps
Stock number
869 ; 870
System control number
0074638

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