Aboriginal Siberia

Aboriginal Siberia

M. A. Czaplicka

Are there any true aborigines in Siberia, as there are in Africa and Australia? Aboriginal Siberia : a study in social anthropology, sets out to answer this question. In doing so, the author covers subjects such as Ethno-geography, Sociology, Religion and Pathology. An academic work by a student of Anthropology. Siberia occupies the whole of northern Asia, from Turania and the eastern Asiatic plateau to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Ural…

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Aboriginal Tribes of India and Pakistan

Aboriginal Tribes of India and Pakistan

Hawabai Mustafa Shah

Aboriginal Tribes Of India And Pakistan, The Bhils and Kolhis, covers all aspects of the lives of these tribes, including their religious festivals, family festivals, folk thoughts, social life, cosmology, customs and manners, Ancestry, History, Occupation, General Characteristics, and cultural identity. The Bhils belong to the so-called aboriginals of India. This is practically all that is known about their ancestry. There was a time when…

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The Aborigines of Western Australia

The Aborigines of Western Australia

Albert F. Calvert

This short book looks at the life and beliefs of The Aborigines of Western Australia. As with most of the books from this era and dealing with this type of subject, you have to be wary of the racism that underlines them. Chapters include: Languages; Early Accounts; Contemporary Accounts; Laws Of Marriage; Land Ownership; Law; Women; Hunting And Gathering; Physical Strength; Childhood; Music And Poetry; Religion And Mythology…

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Ancient Society

Ancient Society

Lewis H. Morgan

Ancient Society is a book which builds on the data about kinship and social organization presented in Morgan’s 1871 ‘Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family’. It develops his theory of the three stages of human progress, i.e., from Savagery through Barbarism to Civilization. Contemporary European social theorists such as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were influenced by Morgan’s work on social structure and material culture.

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The Australian Race

The Australian Race

Edward M. Curr

The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia, and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. This is volume 3 of 4 volumes. This book takes us through vast areas of Australia, telling us about the life, languages, etc of that particular area. Includes lists of regional words, alongside their English equivalent.

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Baloma; The Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands

Baloma; The Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands

Bronislaw Malinowski

The Trobriand Islanders of the Melanesian region, as well as many other cultures in the Australian and New Guinea regions, had a belief that there was no cause and effect relationship between sexual intercourse and pregnancy. As detailed in this monograph, the Trobrianders belived that the Baloma, the spirits of the dead, would return from the afterlife and impregnate women when they bathed in the lagoon, thus…

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Chinigchinich

Chinigchinich

Friar Geronimo Boscana

Chinigchinich is an ethnographic account of the culture and religious beliefs of the native Californians in the vicinity of the famous mission San Juan Capistrano. Boscana was a bigot and a racist (he describes the Indians as being like monkeys). However, he lived among them for decades and obviously had an inquisitive mind and a talent for observation. While he condemns the practices and beliefs of the…

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Coos Texts

Coos Texts

Leo J. Frachtenberg

This is a short collection of texts from the Coos people of Oregon, collected by anthropologists a century ago. This includes origin myths and lore about what lies beyond the sky and death, tales of people who marry anthropomorphic animals, and legends about natural disasters such as floods and fires.

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The Culture of the Luiseno Indians

The Culture of the Luiseno Indians

Philip Stedman Sparkman

This is a study of the Luiseño people, who resided in the approximate area of Orange County in California. The book was published after the authors death, and it covers things such as Puberty Ceremonies, Bows And Arrows, Gums, Dyes, And Paint, Fishing, Clothing, Pottery, Shamanism, Government, and Marriage.

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Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians

Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians

Alfred L. Kroeber

With 15 Plates. This is a short ethnography of the Cahuilla, who inhabited the desert of Southern California. This mostly covers material culture. Chapters include: Geography; Culture; Basketry; Stone Implements; Pottery; Implements of Wood and Fibre; Ceremonial Objects and Beads; Houses; and, Social and Religious Life.

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Ethnology of India

Ethnology of India

R. G. Latham

A study of the many different tribes of India. From the Preface: ‘The present notice gives the ethnology of British India, and something more. That the acquisitions of the Company are by no means limited to Hindostan is well known. It is well known that Arakan, Pegu, and the Tenasserim provinces, on the East ; that portions of Caubul, on the West ; and that certain Himalaj’an districts in the North, are, at one and the same time, British in…

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The Euahlayi Tribe

The Euahlayi Tribe

K. Langloh Parker

This is an effort by K. Langloh Parker to describe in formal terms her understanding of Euahlayi society. The resulting ethnography is factual and well written. Parker was obviously also familiar with the anthropological literature. As a female she had access to the women of the tribe, a viewpoint for which we have no other source from that time period.

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The Family among the Australian Aborigines

The Family among the Australian Aborigines

Bronislaw Malinowski

Written by one of the most important anthropologists of the 20th-century, this is an unflinching look at Australian Aborigines and their lives. Fair warning – the way the women and young girls are treated can make for depressing and disturbing reading. Chapters include: Exposition Of The Problem And Method; Modes Of Obtaining Wives; Husband And Wife…

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