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Among Cannibals

In 1880 the Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz embarked on an expedition to Australia, with the purpose of observing the life and customs of the Australian Aborigines. This book focuses on his experiences while living for a year with a community in Queensland that had never previously come into contact with white people. 'Not only are many of the Australian Aborigines cannibals', says Lumholtz, 'but most of the tribes have not yet emerged from the Stone Age in the history of their development'. He goes on brilliantly to document a complex and fascinating society. Containing detailed maps to illustrate the explorer's travels and many images, the book also includes informative appendices outlining Australian history, geology, flora and fauna. First published in 1889, Lumholtz's classic account of the events and practices he witnessed retains the power to shock, educate and entertain the modern reader.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. Sydney harbour; 3. Journey to western Queensland; 4. Struggle between blacks and whites; 5. Journey to northern Queensland; 6. Headquarters at Herbert Vale; 7. Kamin (implement for climbing); 8. Pleasant companion; 9. My first expedition with the blacks; 10. The appearance of the aborigines in the different parts of the continent; 11. Respect for right of property; 12. The position of women among the blacks; 13. Mongan, a new mammal; 14. Dingo a member of the family; 15. Blacks on the track; 16. Wild landscape on the Upper Herbert; 17. A wedding; 18. Native politeness; 19. A festival dance of the blacks; 20. Arrival of the native police; 21. The rainy season; 22. Unpleasantness at Herbert Vale; 23. The burial of the blacks; 24. My life in danger; 25. Winter in north Queensland; 26. Message sticks; 27. Frozen meat; 28. A family of zoologists; Appendix; Index.

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