The Dieyerie Tribe of Australian Aboriginals

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    First Edition.

    21cm x 13.5cm. 51 pages. Blue cloth, gilt lettering.

    “General account of the Dieri (also transcribed Diyari); trade, economy, dogs, mythology; social structure and relations – councils, treaties, execution parties, punishment methods; tooth avulsion, initiation practices – circumcision and associated ceremonies; funeral rites – cannibalism; sorcery; rain making; increase rituals; customs and beliefs; red ochre expeditions – Bookatoo; diseases – cures, native doctors; word lists – animals, plants, weapons and implements, ornaments, human body, kinship, notation, astronomy, general vocabulary.” (from NLA catalogue). The copy of William Tomsett, Queenstown, 1874. He was a Councillor and Council Chairman in Queenstown, Adelaide 1868-1869.

    1.5cm split to upper joint at tail. Paper repairs to pages 47, 50, and 51. Holes at gutter from previous sewing. Minor foxing. Good Condition.