String and Other Forms of Strand; Basketry-, Woven Bag-, and Net-Work

String and Other Forms of Strand; Basketry-, Woven Bag-, and Net-Work

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...impetus so as to make it " roar." The extremity of the hummer further from the aperture is sometimes cut of f obtusely (Pl. XXVIlI., 2). These playthings vary from 3 to 6 inches in length, are never graved, but may be painted. In the N.W.-Central districts they are used indiscriminately by either sex, and at any age: on the Bloomfield (KYE, teripa), Lower Tully (MAL, chachalmo), and at Cape Grafton (KUG, birbobirbo), they are employed by young men and boys only. At the Bloomfield, the method of using them is taught at the first initiation ceremony, though the boy so taught can play it in public, and before women, subsequently: on the Tully it is believed to have been introduced only within recent times, and made by the big boys to frighten little ones.. On the Tully, and at Atherton, the boys will take any light flat piece of wood, and, holding it vertically, will, with an apparent initial twirl, throw it face forwards against the air, so as to produce a humming sound. The Mallanpara call it pirbu-pirbu (cf. Cape Grafton name for the " whirler"), the same term as applied to their toy-"cross.." Wrestling (sect. 17), as well as some of the corroboree dances, might be originally derived from ceremonial. The yiki-yiki of the Bloomfield (sect. 29) is taught at the initiation performances. 14. (Human A.Oti0l1g--Warfar6.)--Wherever blacks are to be met with, the little boys indulge in aping the arts of war as practised by their elders. The miniature weapons so employed are either manufactured for them by their older male relatives and friends or else designed by themselves. Toy spears are thus made from light thin withes or else from grasses, reeds, and rushes, eg., Andropogon scluznanthus, lmperata sp. They...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907612
  • 9781236907615