Kamilaroi and Kurnai by Lorimer Fison
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Kamilaroi and Kurnai
By Lorimer Fison

Kamilaroi and Kurnai

Group-Marriage and Relationship, and Marriage by Elopement Drawn Chiefly from the Usage of the Australian Aborigines ... Facsimile edition

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Kamilaroi and Kurnai by Lorimer Fison

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This reprint is of particular relevance to Koories of Kurnai descent and to all students of Aboriginal anthropology and the history of ideas. It was already a classic in 1899, when Spencer and Gillen dedicated The Native Tribes of Central Australia, to Howitt and Fison, 'who laid the foundation of our knowledge of Australian anthropology'. Professor AP Elkin told the 1961 conference inaugurating the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, that 'the publication of Kamilaroi and Kurnai in 1880 was a landmark in Australian anthropology'. Indeed, this was the first major analysis of Aboriginal social structure, adopting a model today termed 'social Darwinist' theory. This evolutionist approach is now rejected, but it exerted tremendous influence on European attitudes for decades. It is an important sourcebook for such ideas. Lewis Henry Morgan, who wrote the preface, was a founding father of American anthropology. His Ancient Society, which drew upon his correspondence with Fison and Howitt, influenced the Marxist classic The Origin of the Family, by Frederick Engels. Although Fison's chapters are theoretical and general, Howitt's are packed with rich detail, such as the names of his informants and localities. This lifts his section beyond the realm of abstract and outmoded theory, although it includes material which today would be classed as secret.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780855752224
ISBN-10: 085575222X
Format: Paperback
(140mm x 215mm x 18mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1991
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Lorimer Fison

Lorimer Fison was Wesleyan missionary, anthropologist, and journalist. William Howitt was an explorer, natural scientist, and pioneer authority on Aboriginal culture and social organization.

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