YIWARA: FORAGERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN DESERT by Richard A. Gould

YIWARA: FORAGERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN DESERT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author, an anthropologist, and his wife spent months in Australia's Gibson Desert, observing an aboriginal nomad family group of thirteen. This is, as Mr. Gould emphatically points out, our last chance to take first-hand notes on cultures that still exist by man's oldest survival tactics, hunting and foraging. In this record he documents a typical day; discusses the people in relation to their environment, social network and ritualistic belief as well as pointing out the sadly decimating results of contact with the ""whitefella."" This also includes eyewitness close-ups of the rites that comprise the basis for their culture. An interesting last contact with an almost lost civilization, now preserved for the archives.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Scribners