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Among Cannibals
An Account of Four Years' Travels in Australia and of Camp Life with the Aborigines of Queensland


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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108006330

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  • In 1880 the Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz embarked on an expedition to Australia, with the purpose of observing the life and customs of the Australian Aborigines. This book focuses on his experiences while living for a year with a community in Queensland that had never previously come into contact with white people. 'Not only are many of the Australian Aborigines cannibals', says Lumholtz, 'but most of the tribes have not yet emerged from the Stone Age in the history of their development'. He goes on brilliantly to document a complex and fascinating society. Containing detailed maps to illustrate the explorer's travels and many images, the book also includes informative appendices outlining Australian history, geology, flora and fauna. First published in 1889, Lumholtz's classic account of the events and practices he witnessed retains the power to shock, educate and entertain the modern reader.

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108006330
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 122 b/w illus. 4 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory
    2. Sydney harbour
    3. Journey to western Queensland
    4. Struggle between blacks and whites
    5. Journey to northern Queensland
    6. Headquarters at Herbert Vale
    7. Kamin (implement for climbing)
    8. Pleasant companion
    9. My first expedition with the blacks
    10. The appearance of the aborigines in the different parts of the continent
    11. Respect for right of property
    12. The position of women among the blacks
    13. Mongan, a new mammal
    14. Dingo a member of the family
    15. Blacks on the track
    16. Wild landscape on the Upper Herbert
    17. A wedding
    18. Native politeness
    19. A festival dance of the blacks
    20. Arrival of the native police
    21. The rainy season
    22. Unpleasantness at Herbert Vale
    23. The burial of the blacks
    24. My life in danger
    25. Winter in north Queensland
    26. Message sticks
    27. Frozen meat
    28. A family of zoologists

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    Carl Lumholtz

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