The original Australians

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Muller, 1969 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Chap.1; First encounters, land & sea from 1605; Chap.2; Physical characteristics - pigmentation (skin, eyes, hair, commenting on blondness in Pitjantjara tribe); distribution of hair, stature, head, teeth, extremities (growth pattern); abnormalities, mutilations, physical homogeneity, adaptation to environment; blood composition, physical aspects of reproduction, the nervous system; Chap.3; Environment, tribal distribution, shelters; Chap.4; Diet, hunting, cooking (comments on types of foods, preparation), fluid intake, narcotics, dietary values & deficiencies; Chap.5; Endemic diseases, introduced diseases; part played by present-day medical services; Chap.6; Evolution of culture, Aboriginal technology - natural tools, fire, wooden implements, use of string & cord, adhesives, shells, bones, teeth, stone; Water transport, method of constructing canoes, weapons; Chap.7; General spirit beliefs, totemism; Cult ceremonies, totemic rites, Kunapipi details, entertainment corroborees, ceremonial mutilation (circumcision, sub-incision), views on reason for subincision, map showing distribution of both rites, note on introcision; Chap.8; Medicine men, rain making ceremonies, love magic, black magic, notes on kurdaitcha parties death customs, mourning, burial, ritual cannibalism; Chap.9; General notes on language; music, musical instruments, dancing; ritual objects, artistic expression - bark, rock paintings, sculpture; Chap.10; Social organization - the tribe, tribal government, sub-groups, general tribal life; Sexual relations, conception beliefs, marriage; Status of women Chap.11; Origin & antiquity - extra-Australian affinities, living evidence, possible ancestry, era of Aboriginal migration (Tasmania & Australia); Chap.12; Black & white and the future - the law, reserves, missions; education, present-day problems - absorption, assimilation, integration; Front map shows sites of Anatomy Department (of the Univ. of Adelaide) expeditions - Kalumburu, Yuendumu, Haasts Bluff, Yalata, Maningrida, Beswick.

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First Encounters
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