Across Australia (2 Volume Set)

Across Australia (2 Volume Set)

by Baldwin Spencer, F. J. Gillen


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Eminent biologist Sir Baldwin Spencer (1860-1929) was born in Lancashire but moved to Australia to take up the chair in biology at the University of Melbourne in 1887. As a member of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia in 1894, Spencer made the acquaintance of F. J. Gillen, an advocate of Aboriginal rights, with whom he later formed a working partnership. Spencer and Gillen returned to Alice Springs in 1896-1897, to carry out observations on the local Aboriginal tribe, the Arunta. These observations were published in 1899 in The Native Tribes of Central Australia (also reissued in this series), which represented the most comprehensive study of Aboriginal customs and habits. Gillen and Spencer continued to undertake fieldwork until 1903. Published in two volumes in 1912, Across Australia describes the topography of the region and the way of life of its Aboriginal inhabitants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108020435
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Linguistics Series
Pages: 894
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1: 1. Introduction; 2. The Lake Eyre region and the Urabunna tribe; 3. From Oodnadatta to Charlotte Waters; 4. Animal and plant life on the lower steppes; 5. Charlotte Waters to the Macdonnell ranges; 6. The desert region of Lake Amadeus; 7. The higher steppes; 8. The Arunta natives and some of their customs and beliefs; 9. Alice Springs and the Arunta tribe. Volume 2: 10. Sacred ceremonies of the Arunta tribe; 11. Atninga or avenging party; 12. Alice Springs to Barrow Creek; 13. Barrow Creek and the Kaitish and Unmatjera tribes; 14. Magic; 15. Barrow Creek to Tennant Creek; 16. Life in the Warramunga camp; 17. The Great Wollunqua; 18. Fire ceremony of the Warramunga tribe; 19. Death, mourning and burial ceremonies of the Warramunga tribe; 20. Tennant Creek to Powell Creek; 21. From Powell Creek to the Gulf of Carpentaria; 22. Borroloola and the coastal tribes; Appendix; Index.

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this is such a good and adventeras book