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By Phyllis Kaberry

First released in 1939 by way of Routledge, this vintage ethnography portrays the aboriginal lady as she fairly is - a fancy social character together with her personal prerogatives, tasks, difficulties, ideals, rituals and perspective. This groundbreaking and enduring examine used to be researched in North-West Australia among 1935 and 1936 and was once written through a girl who really pioneered the examine of gender in anthropology

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The ochre is not indispensable; but the possession of a , believed to endow him with endurance and insure success, gives him an abiding sense of confidence in his own powers. The Central Kimberleys are relatively arid as compared with the more fertile coastal belts, and are occasionally subjected to droughts from September to December. In this region there are rainmaking ceremonies and increase rites for kangaroo, reptiles, roots, and lilies, which insure the means of sustinence for the approaching season.

If a woman is lazy then her husband grumbles, and if he has had a tiring day himself he quarrels, and perhaps attempts to beat her. I say attempt, because there is no question of her submissively accepting punishment for unwifely conduct. She may even attack him first with any weapon that comes to hand. The husband in such a case is acknowledged to be in the right: it is a recognized part of the wife’s duties to gather the smaller foods. One Aborigine to whom I was talking said he would not marry a station half-caste, because “him all right to sleep alonga, but him no good catch ’em sugar-bag and yam”.

Suppose me plant him, white-ant eat him. ” Unanswerable logic. I was told, however, by the manager of the Munja on the coast, that men and women often planted watermelon seeds of their own accord, but I never met an instance of this in the region to the east. Mason, Woman’s Share in Primitive Culture, p. Briffault, The Mothers, vol. iii, p. 2. 1 ECONOMIC CO—OPERATION BETWEEN THE SEXES But to return to our main argument. We can dismiss the statement that the women’s work involves more drudgery than that of the men, even though it may take longer.

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