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By Carl 1851-1922 Lumholtz

ISBN-10: 1108006337

ISBN-13: 9781108006330

In 1880 the Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz launched into an excursion to Australia, with the aim of staring at the lifestyles and customs of the Australian Aborigines. This booklet makes a speciality of his stories whereas residing for a 12 months with a neighborhood in Queensland that had by no means formerly come into touch with white humans. 'Not in basic terms are some of the Australian Aborigines cannibals', says Lumholtz, 'but many of the tribes haven't but emerged from the Stone Age within the heritage in their development'. He is going on brilliantly to record a posh and engaging society. Containing designated maps to demonstrate the explorer's travels and plenty of photographs, the e-book additionally comprises informative appendices outlining Australian heritage, geology, natural world. First released in 1889, Lumholtz's vintage account of the occasions and practices he witnessed keeps the ability to surprise, teach and entertain the trendy reader.

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M y excursions e x t e n d e d not only to t h e i m m e d i a t e vicinity of Gracemere, b u t I m a d e j o u r n e y s of investigation to regions 2 0 0 miles away. N e a r W e s t w o o d , a little town AMONG CANNIBALS about thirty miles from Rockhampton, I found for the first time the so-called bower-birds {Clilamydodera metadata), a family that has become celebrated on account of the bowers which they build for their amusement. These bowers, which must not be confounded with nests, are used, as is well known, exclusively for amusement.

At Expedition Range we came to dense scrubs, the socalled Brigalow-scrubs. The motley blending of plants which characterises the scrubs of the sea-board is not found here. The Brigalow [Acacia JiarpopJiylld) frequently occupies the whole ground for miles around ; the air is heavy and oppressive ; occasionally the gray monotony is broken by an isolated bottle-tree (p. 5 5) [Sterculia rupcstris), which derives its name from the wonderful resemblance of the stem to a bottle. The inner part of this tree is porous and spongy, and therefore absorbs a great deal of moisture, a fact of which the cattle-owner sometimes avails himself during a prolonged drought.

So far as I knew, no zoologist had yet studied the fauna of the far west. With my limited acquaintance with Australian bush-life I was happy to get a companion ; he had a waggon drawn by three horses, so that our day's journey was comparatively short, which was a great advantage to me. I thus had the opportunity of making many digressions on the way, and of procuring many animals, while my companion preceded me. The greater part of the day I was occupied on my own account in hunting and in preparing my game.

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