By Phyllis Kaberry
First released in 1939 via Routledge, this vintage ethnography portrays the aboriginal girl as she rather is - a fancy social character together with her personal prerogatives, tasks, difficulties, ideals, rituals and perspective. This groundbreaking and enduring learn was once researched in North-West Australia among 1935 and 1936 and was once written via a lady who really pioneered the learn of gender in anthropology
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There are still one or two points to be discussed on the labour of the women, which have been mentioned as evidence of their servile position in the tribe. The first is that they generally have the loads to carry, whilst the men go off gaily with only a spear, and perhaps a tomahawk stuck in their hair-belts. But we have already seen that for hunting the man must be untrammelled, and that actually the loads consist only of chattels and belongings. The phrase, without closer analysis, suggests that the woman is a miniature pantechnicon, whereas in reality the household effects usually comprise blanket, kulamon, digging-stick, a frock, shirt, knife, twine, and perhaps a small axe, the whole weighing Aboriginal woman 18 about thirty or forty pounds at most, and less than the enthusiastic walker carries in his rucksack.
While I was with them on this expedition, a good hunter happened to be unsuccessful on one occasion. ” and received a glare in reply. He remained subdued for the rest of the night. The others had brought in something, one a kangaroo, another a small wallaby, another a frill lizard, and the fourth three small emus. They had been greeted with excitement and all were in a festive mood, except the unlucky hunter, although his craving for meat had been satisfied. The mistaken view has been advanced that kangaroo is not very important to the natives since it is generally shared, while the woman’s contribution is mostly retained for family use.
23. For the full titles of books here and elsewhere, the reader is referred to the bibliography. Wielders of the digging-stick 7 ATTITUDE TO THE LAND The reader will have gathered some idea of the character of the resources and of the country in the preceding discussion, but we must from the first grasp the fact that the attitude of the native woman differs profoundly from that of the average white woman living on a station in the same strip of territory. The country for the aboriginal woman is not so much freehold or leasehold property, but one she regards as her own because she has inherited the right to live and forage for food within its boundaries.