DescriptionCollection Of Australia
There is a landslide of 19th and early 20th Century books and articles about American and African indigenous traditions, many treating the subject with sensitivity and great depth. Only a few Australian works from this period are available, and most of them are pretty vague on the details. Some of this can be attributed to the traditional tribal secrecy, which is maintained even to this day.
Please be mindful of the historical context in which these books were written. The obvious problem with these books is that they were written by White Australians during the early twentieth century. This material contains racist and sexist characterizations, inaccurate depictions of aboriginal life and misrepresentations of their spiritual practices. Some of these documents contain completely fictional material which was the invention of the author, and have no actual basis in aboriginal belief or traditions. Descriptions of some of the ceremonies in these documents or the naming of dead people may regrettably violate Aboriginal tabus. These texts are provided for scholarly purposes and should not be considered definitive material on Aboriginal culture, only as a starting point for discussion.
This collection have Nine books and they are :-
Oceanic Mythology :- Part five of this book contains an overview of Australian mythology, as well as comparative material on other Pacific cultures.
Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia :- This massive ethnography is one of the few books in the public domain which details pre-20th Century Aboriginal culture and traditions in a non-ethnocentric perspective.
The Native Tribes of Central Australia :- A primary source for ethnographic information on the Aboriginal culture of central Australia including details of kinship, ceremonies and everyday life.
Australian Legendary Tales :- This is a turn of the century collection of folklore of the Euahlayi (Noongahburrah).
The Euahlayi Tribe :- An amateur ethnography of the Eulayhi. This book includes more depth on the culture, spiritual beliefs and ceremonies of the Euahlayi.
The Customs and Traditions of the Aboriginal Natives of North Western Australia :- A short amateur ethnography of the Northwestern Aborigines, primarily of historical interest.
The Aborigines of Western Australia :- A short amateur ethnography, one of the few to discuss the Western Australian Aborigines, including music notation for several short songs.
Some Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines :- This is a short collection of Australian Aborigine folklore, addressed to a general audience.
Australian Legends :- This is a collection of Aboriginal folklore, and stories about Aborigines, primarily from the New South Wales region of Australia, on the southeast coast. Unlike Parker, we know next to nothing about Peck other than the fact that he was a botanical enthusiast.