Kamilaroi and Kurnai

Lorimer Fison

William Howitt

Jan, 1991
Pages: 
375
Category: 
Anthropology and Archaeology
Product type: 
Book
Book format: 
Paperback
Dimensions: 
220x140mm
ISBN: 
9780855752224
Available: 
Yes
Price: 
$29.95 RRP incl. GST

Summary

A 'landmark in Australian anthropology' when it first appeared in 1880, this is the first major analysis of Aboriginal social structure, adopting a model today termed 'social Darwinist'. While this theory is now rejected, it exerted tremendous influence on European attitudes for decades, making this an important sourcebook for such ideas.

Fison's chapters are theoretical and general, Howitt's are packed with rich details, such as the names of his informants and localities.

Lorimer Fison (1832-1907) was a Methodist missionary; William Howitt (1830-1908) was resident magistrate of Gippsland.

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Last reviewed: 12 Sep 2016