The Aborigines of Tasmania

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F. King & Sons, 1899 - 228 páginas
 

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Página 96 - I believe, they have no. settled place of habitation (as their houses seemed built only for a few days), but wander about in small parties from place to place in search of food, and are actuated by no other motive. We never found more than three or four huts in a place, capable of containing three or four persons each only...
Página 37 - Soon after we heard their voices like the cackling of geese, and twenty persons came out of the wood, twelve of whom went round to some rocks where the boat could get nearer to the shore than we then were. Those who remained behind were women. We approached within twenty yards of them, but there was no possibility of landing and I could only throw to the shore, tied up in paper, the presents which I intended for them. I showed the different articles as I tied them up, but they would not untie the...
Página 51 - If an offence be committed against the tribe, the delinquent has to stand, while a certain number of spears are, at the same time, thrown at him. These, from the unerring aim with which they are thrown, he can seldom altogether avoid, although from the quickness of his sight he will frequently escape unhurt. He moves not from his place, avoiding the spears merely by the contortions of his body.
Página 171 - They possessed no words representing abstract ideas ; for each variety of gum-tree and wattle-tree, etc., etc., they had a name, but they had no equivalent for the expression, 'a tree ;' neither could they express abstract qualities, such as hard, soft, warm, cold, long, short, round, etc. ; for ' hard,' they would say ' like a stone ; ' for ' tall,' they would say ' long legs,
Página 35 - As we approached the shore, we observed several of the natives about the fire, and walking among the trees, some of them carrying very long poles and pieces of lighted wood in their hands. When they perceived we had landed, and were pretty near them, they began to chatter very loud and walk away ; upon which we called to them, imitating their noise as well as we could, and had the satisfaction to see them stop at a little distance from us. Several of them having long poles or spears in their hands,...
Página 112 - During the whole of the first night after the death of one of their tribe they will sit round the body, using rapidly a low.
Página 8 - African, exhibit all the symmetry and peculiarly well-defined muscular development and well-knit articulations and roundness which characterize the negro ; hence, compared with the latter, he is swifter in his movements, and in his gait more graceful. His agility, adroitness, and flexibility when running, climbing, or stalking his prey, are more fully displayed ; and when beheld in the posture of striking, or throwing his spear, his attitude leaves nothing to be desired in point of manly grace.
Página 79 - Two women (Lowanna) were bathing ; it was near a rocky shore, where mussels were plentiful. The women were sulky, they were sad ; their husbands were faithless, they had gone with two girls. The women were lonely ; they were swimming in the water, they were diving for cray-fish. A sting-ray lay concealed in the hollow of a rock — a large sting-ray ! The sting-ray was large, he had a very long spear ; from his hole he spied the women, he saw them dive ; he pierced them with his spear, he killed...
Página 99 - The boughs, of which their huts arc made, are either broken or split, and tied together with grass in a circular form, the largest end stuck in the ground, and the smaller parts meeting in a point at the top, and covered with fern and bark, so poorly done, that they will hardly keep out a shower of rain. In1 the middle is the fire-place, surrounded with heaps of muscle, pearl, scallop, and cray-fish shells, which I believe to be their chief food, though we could not find any of them.

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