The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago: Papuans

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H. Bailliere, 1853 - 239 páginas
An important work of early New Guinea anthropology, including a whole chapter devoted to the Aborigines of Melville Island, Port Essington (Cobourg Peninsula) and North Australia in general. There are numerous discussions of Australian Aborigines throughout the text, and one of the folding plates gives anthropometric comparisons between North Australian Aborigines and New Guineans. Earl lived at Port Essington for more than ten years, as the settlement grew from a meagre outpost in 1838 up until its abandonment in 1849 and became a widely published expert on the region. The fine full-page lithographs, produced in London, were based on drawings done on the spot by the Dutch artists Van Oort and Van Raalten.
 

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Página 218 - ... tribes. He says that many of them are named from their negative or affirmative particle, and he instances the Queensland dialect, the Kamilaroi, as being thus entitled, t So, also, Mr. Earle, when describing the tribes of the Coburg Peninsula, on the west side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, says that they are " distinguished among each other by the term which in the particular dialect of each designates the monosyllable
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Página 159 - The Aborigines of Cochin China are called Moys, and are the people which inhabit the chain of mountains which separate it from Cambodia. To these strongholds they were driven when the present possessors invaded the country. They are a savage race of people, very black, and resemble in their features the Caffrees.
Página 147 - When the children are old enough to shift for them' selves, they usually separate, neither one afterwards ' thinking of the other. At night they sleep under some ' large tree, the branches of which hang low ; on these ' they fasten the children in a kind of swing ; around ' the tree they make a fire to keep off the wild beasts ' and snakes. They cover themselves with a piece of ' bark, and in this also they wrap their children ; it is ' soft and warm, but will not keep out the rain.
Página 162 - It is perhaps a wonder, that islands so extensive, and lying in the track of so many ships, should have been, till of late years, so little known ; that while the countries by which they are almost encircled, | have been increasing in population and wealth, having been from time immemorial in a state of tolerable civilization, these islands should have remained in a state of nature, and their inhabitants plunged in the grossest ignorance and barbarity. The wild appearance of the country, and the...
Página 3 - ... sinister expression. Their complexion is universally a deep chocolate colour, sometimes closely approaching to black, but certainly a few shades lighter than the deep black that is often met with among the Negro tribes of Africa.
Página 101 - Vorkay towards these islets, (the water being only two or three feet deep,) carrying a basket at their backs, and having in their hands a stick provided with an iron point. When the water is deeper than this, they make use of canoes. For fishing on the banks situated at a greater distance, the Arafuras use a prahu, constructed for the purpose, in which they embark their entire family.
Página 166 - Their canoes are hollowed out of the trunks of trees by means of fire and instruments of stone, having no iron in use amongst them, except such utensils as they have procured from the Europeans and sailors who have lately visited these islands; or from the wrecks of vessels .formerly stranded on their coasts.

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