Oceania: The Native Cultures of Australia and the Pacific Islands, Volume 1

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University of Hawaii Press, 1989 - Social Science - 1275 pages
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"Part 1 of the book...deals with the geography of the region and with the biological, linguistic, and archaeological evidence concerning the origins of the Oceanians and their movements into and within the region. Part 2 describes the tools and techniques by which the recent (but not yet markedly Westernized) Oceanians satisfied their basic, pan-human needs, as qualified by their many different, culturally defined, perceptions of those needs...Finally, Part 3 focuses on the varieties of social structures within which those 'technical' activities took place." -from the Prologue
 

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For nearly four decades, Oliver's The Pacific Islands has been the standard summary work on the people and cultures of the Pacific. It has at last been superseded--by Oliver himself. This new ... Read full review

Contents

The Natural Setting
3
Population and Physical Types
27
Languages
66
Archaeology
78
Ethnology
104
Partll Activities
123
Definitions Religious Ideas and Tools
155
Australia
157
Boats and Ocean Travel
361
Warfare and Killing
423
External Exchange
501
Sex and Reproduction
590
Infancy to DeathAnd Beyond
660
Notes
787
Australia
813
WestCentral Oceania
814

More Definitions 821
159
The Islands
185
Polynesia 883
188
Domicile
321
Central Oceania
815
Eastern Oceania
816
Northwestern Oceania
817
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