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Classification of Plants and Animals from a Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Point of View

Waddy, Julie Anne


This book examines the nature of folk classification, including biological, food, totemic and linguistic systems of plant and animal taxonomy, by the Anindiyakwa people of Groote Eyelandt. It discusses the suggestion that all folk classification is complexive, based on associations and not hierarchical. It seeks to show that complexive classification most commonly appears in the realm of symbolic and not biological classification. Compares and contrasts the nature of classification systems on a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU North Australia Research Unit (NARU)
Date published: 1988
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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