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Down among the wild men : the narrative journal of fifteen years pursuing the Old Stone Age aborigines of Australia's western desert / John Greenway. (1973)

Authors: Greenway, John.
Publisher:London : Hutchinson,
  • There are 64 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 55 copies of this specific edition.
  • Greenway, John.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • 361 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Personal reminiscences adapted from field journals; describes work of H.M. Cooper at Hallett Cove; establishment of Tindales Kartan assemblage, trihybrid theory of population origin, Australian culture chronology (Kartan, Tartangan, Pirrian, Mudukian, Murundian); describes Umeewarra Mission, Yalata, ceremonial site similar to those described by R.H. Mathews in N.S.W.; Pitjandjara age categories &​ names, circumcision; discusses totemism, mythology (Wati Kutjara myth as example), ritual (Aranda contemplation of ritual objects compared to Stations of the Cross), prayer and magic; describes search for flint outcrop near Eucla; gives diagrams showing eight section &​ six section marriage systems; lists Pitjandjara names for grubs; gives diagram of spearthrower giving Pitjandjara names for each part &​ for materials used; cooking &​ sharing of food; diagram of marriage system of Maldjana; describes Red Ochre cult - punishment for breakers of ceremonial laws, quotes example of death of young woman at Amata; mining operations (chrysoprase) of Amata Society at Mount Davies described.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English
  • 0091162408 (corrected) :
Dewey Number:
  • 306.0899915
  • 919.41/​06/​991
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 21613279
  • 21613279
  • 323007
  • 323007
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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