2009 | 452 Pages | ISBN: 1108006337 | PDF | 23 MB
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.