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Author Gould, Richard A. (Richard Allan)

Title Yiwara : foragers of the Australian desert / Richard A. Gould, illustrated with photographs by the author ; and drawings by Nicholas Amorosi
Published London : Collins ; New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969


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 ADPML SPC  306.089915 Gou/Yfo  LIB USE ONLY
Description xvi [240] pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents 1. A day with the desert people -- 2. The Gibson Desert and its early explorers -- 3. Who are the Desert Aborigines? -- 4. The satisfactions of survival -- 5. Desert rituals and the sacred life -- 6. Artists and monuments -- 7. The dissatisfied
Summary Based on field work at Partjar oasis (Clutterbuck Hills) & Warburton Mission, 1966-67 among Ngatatjara people; p.1-36; A day with the desert people, method of hunting for emu & lizards, collection of plant foods, cooking method, food sharing rules, preparation of plant foods, sorcery - use of carved board for death pointing, carving - implement, pressure; flaking with teeth, manufacture of bark sandals; p.37-53; The Gibson Desert & its early explorers, topography, ecology, historical information on explorers; p.54-71; Archaeological background, physical features, genetic characteristics, physical adaptation to environment, dialects of Pitjantjara spoken in Gibson Desert (Ngatatjara, Pintupi, Nyatunyatjara), approximate population statistics, learning to; to speak Ngatatjara, adaptation of English words, sign language; p.72-120; Weapons & implements - throwing stick, grinding stones, spear-thrower (throwing method, accuracy, use in fire making & as woodworking tool), flake tools, manufacture of spears, tracking ability; p.101-134; Desert rituals & the sacred life, description of circumcision ceremony, notes on six section system, circumsion & subincision, display of sacred objects, meaning of ceremonies, visit to Pukara totemic waterhole (stone arrangements, fire; making by saw method, increase ritual, myth (brief version) associated with waterhole), attitudes to ghosts, exorcising ritual, socrery & sorcerers; p.135-164; Lake Moore stone arrangement, possible game trap, mythical associations of serpentine arrangement; Partjar canyon stone arrangements, mythical associations, rock paintings at Wintjara (Glen Cumming), pigments used, totemic motifs, rock engravings at Wintjaru 26m. north of Warburton Mission, possible hunting magic; p.164-189; Attractions of Mission life for Aborigines, copper mining venture at Warburton Mission 1961-1966, employment by Western Mining Corp., social barriers between Mission Aborigines & desert families, equation of eight section system with; Warburton section system (summary in tabular form), description of camp life at Warburton Mission, effect of infectious disease, incidence of polygyny, theft, begging; p.204-211; Glossary (c.70 terms) of English & Ngatatjara terms for plants, animals, anthropological concepts, implements, dialect names; plates show camp life, method of holding & throwing with spearthrower, manufacture of spear, totemic ceremonies, ritual objects, stone arrangements; line drawings include designs for body painting, division of kangaroo carcase, bark sandal making, incised designs from ritual object
Notes This work includes secret information and/or pictures which some Aboriginal men and women may not wish to see
Title on two pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographies and index
Notes Legacy 2017 UoY
Subject Aborigines, Australian -- Western Australia
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia, Central
Ethnology -- Australia.
Gibson Desert, Western Australia
Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.
Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Gibson Desert
Aboriginal Australians.
Art - Body art.
Art - Rock art - Engraving.
Food - Preparation.
Art - Rock art - Painting.
Art - Art motifs - Hunting and weapon.
Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Boards.
Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Stones.
Initiation - Circumcision.
Religion - Rites - Increase.
Religions - Christianity - Missions.
Religions - Christianity - Missionaries.
Magic and sorcery - Clever people.
Communications - Nonverbal - Sign language and gestures.
Gender relations - Division of labour.
Stories and motifs - Emu.
Hunting - Birds - Emus.
Settlement and contacts - Explorers.
Technology - Fire - Fire making.
Environment - Land management - Fire.
Food - Sociocultural aspects - Sharing.
Health - Physiology and diseases.
Human biology - Physiological adaptation.
Hunting - Kangaroo / Wallaby.
Food - Meat - Kangaroo / Wallaby.
Hunting - Lizard / goanna.
Stories and motifs - Lizards / goannas.
Gender relations - Polygamy.
Mining industry - Copper.
Food - Preparation - Cooking - Plants.
Religion - Totemism.
Sites - Stone arrangements.
Initiation - Subincision.
Material culture - Bark objects.
Technology - Stone - Flakes.
Technology - Stone - Grindstones.
Technology - Stone - Percussion and abrading.
Technology - Wood - Fire sticks.
Hunting, gathering and fishing - Tracking.
Language - Vocabulary - Animal names.
Language - Vocabulary - Environment and natural phenomena.
Language - Vocabulary - Language and peoples names.
Language - Vocabulary - Plant names.
Weapons - Spears - Throwing.
Weapons - Spearthrowers - Making.
Weapons - Throwing sticks.
Nyanganyatjara / Nangadadjara language (A17) (WA SH51-04)
Nyanganyatjara / Nangadadjara people (A17) (WA SH51-04)
Pintupi language (C10) (NT SF52-11)
Pintupi people (C10) (NT SF52-11)
Pitjantjatjara language (C6) (NT SG52-11)
Pitjantjatjara people (C6) (NT SG52-11)
Aboriginal Australians.
Western Desert language A80.
Gibson Desert (W.A.) -- Description and travel
South Central Northern Territory (NT)
Gibson Desert (WA SF51, SF52)
Clutterbuck Hills (Central WA Warburton SG52-01)
Milyirrtjarra / Warburton (Central WA SG52-09)
Wintjaru / Glen Cumming (Central WA SG52-09)
Pukara (Central WA Warburton SG52-10)
Lake Moore (SW WA SH50-07)
Serpentine River (SW WA SI50-02)
Author Amorosi, Nicholas
LC no. xcc00017396
ISBN 0002119676