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Death in the Tiwi Islands Conflict, Ritual and Social Life in an Australian Aboriginal Community

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ISBN-10: 0521479134

ISBN-13: 9780521479134

Edition: N/A

Authors: Eric Venbrux

List price: $57.95
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This compelling book is an extended case study of the social and legal ramifications of a homicide in a Tiwi community. The author gives a detailed account of the life of the victim and the events surrounding his murder, and describes the cycle of mortuary and seasonal rituals with their elaborate songs and dances. He also looks at the dramatic changes in Tiwi society over the last 100 years, and examines how the Tiwi have responded to the intervention of Western culture. In many areas, he finds, they have adapted and retained their own value system. Venbrux's account of the investigation and trial following the homicide provides timely and important insights into the issue of Aboriginal…    
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Book details

List price: $57.95
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Under the Mango Tree
Tiwi Culture Amid Change
The Victim and his Father
'The Message that it is Murder'
The Funeral Rituals
The Yam Rituals
'Nothing but the Truth'
The Postfuneral Rituals
Conclusion