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Capturing histories at Thantyi-Wanparda: Comparing early and late twentieth century ethnographies in Arabana territory, South Australia

Gibson, Jason Matthew; Hercus, Luise

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This paper deals with the original field diaries and notebooks of Walter Baldwin Spencer during his brief fieldwork endeavour amongst the Arabana of northern South Australia in 1903. The information recorded by Spencer reveals a relatively accurate, although abbreviated and fragmentary, assemblage of Arabana mythologies and language that can be compared with information recorded by Luise Hercus with Mick McLean and other Arabana and Wangkangurru people, over 60 years later. In this paper we...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGibson, Jason Matthew
dc.contributor.authorHercus, Luise
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T04:56:08Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T04:56:08Z
dc.identifier.issn1034-4438
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/188736
dc.description.abstractThis paper deals with the original field diaries and notebooks of Walter Baldwin Spencer during his brief fieldwork endeavour amongst the Arabana of northern South Australia in 1903. The information recorded by Spencer reveals a relatively accurate, although abbreviated and fragmentary, assemblage of Arabana mythologies and language that can be compared with information recorded by Luise Hercus with Mick McLean and other Arabana and Wangkangurru people, over 60 years later. In this paper we describe and contextualise what is an overlooked episode in Spencer and Gillen’s fieldwork career, provide an analysis of their work with Arabana informants, and compare their findings with more recent ethnographic information collected in the latter half of the 20 th century. Interrogating this historical information and rereading it in light of far more recent and thorough research, we demonstrate the benefits of combining the sets of information from two radically different periods in Australian ethnography, linguistics and anthropology.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAnthropological Society of South Australia
dc.rights© 2018 Anthropological Society of South Australia
dc.sourceJournal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia
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dc.titleCapturing histories at Thantyi-Wanparda: Comparing early and late twentieth century ethnographies in Arabana territory, South Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume42
dc.date.issued2018-12
local.identifier.absfor210301 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB1443
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.anthropologysocietysa.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGibson, Jason Matthew, Deakin University
local.contributor.affiliationHercus, Luise, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage175
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage210
local.identifier.absseo950201 - Communication Across Languages and Culture
dc.date.updated2019-07-28T08:17:58Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85063406793
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