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Berndt, Catherine H. (Catherine Helen) 1918-1994

Works: 213 works in 619 publications in 3 languages and 7,375 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  History  Juvenile works  Art  Legends  Picture books  Music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Photographer, Other, Translator, Correspondent, Recipient
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Most widely held works by Catherine H Berndt
The world of the first Australians; an introduction to the traditional life of the Australian aborigines by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

27 editions published between 1964 and 1977 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origin, tentative migratory routes into Australia, time depth and cultural categories; physical homogeneity / heterogeneity; summary of frequencies for various marker genes in Australian Aboriginal populations (Kimberleys, Bathurst Island, Cape York (Cairns), Cherbourg, Port Hedland, Yuendumu - Haast Bluff - Alice Springs, Laverton - Leonora; physical appearance & difference, cultural similarity & diversity; tribe and basic social groups, tribal map showing 160 named groups; tribal limitations & language variation, social groups (local descent, religious unit, clan, horde, family structure) totemic groups, moieties, sections & subsections (examples from Broome, La Grange, De Grey area, Balga, Birrundudu, Wave Hill, Roper; summarizes various viewpoints on social organization generally, map shows distributional spread; systems in detail of Gunwinggu & Maung (western Arnhem Land), Melville & Bathurst Islands, N.E. Arnhem Land system (Wulamba), table shows linguistic units & clans (Mada & Mala); kinship systems (Andigari (Great Victoria Desert), Gunwinggu), brings together other systems, presented by previous authors (Kariera, Kumbangeri, Aranda, Karadjeri, Ungarinyin, Wikmungan, Yir-Yiront); behavioural patterns avoidance, incest, exchange or wives during rituals; Chap. 4; The basis of economic life, exploitation of natural environment, foods, preparation, techniques in collecting, fishing, hunting, division of labour, trade & exchange, 6 types of gift exchange, cooperation among kin folk, trade ceremonies, map; shows distribution in W. Arnhem Land, focusing on Oenpelli; Chap.5; Life cycle; conception beliefs, birth rites, childhood (Great Victoria Desert, N.E. Arnhem Land, Wikmungan, W. Arnhem Land, Kimberleys, Aranda, lower River Murray, Ooldea), male initiation (Great Victoria Desert, Karadjeri Arnhem Land, Aranda), map shows distribution of circumcision & subincision; types of initiation with examples; initiation of girls (examples from Boulia, Birdsville, central Australia, Laragia, Wogaidj, Victoria & Daly Rivers, East Kimberley, Great Victoria Desert, Dieri, Arnhem Land); Chap.6; Marriage & marital relations (Great Victoria Desert, Arnhem Land, Melville & Bathurst Islands), elopement, marriage by capture; polygyny; treatment of aged; summarizes life cycle; Chap. 7; Concept of the sacred, creation; totemism individual (especially Wuradjeri, Jaralde); sex (Kurnai); moiety; section & subsection (East Kimberley, Balgo); clan, matrilineal and patrilineal; local; conception; birth (Great Victoria Desert); dream (W. Arnhem Land); multiple (Yir-Yoront, N.E. Arnhem Land, Great Victoria Desert); four main elements of mythology in the organization of religion; myth content - Biaimi myth collected at Menindee, 1943; Ngurunderi myth of lower River Murray; Muramura of Lake Eyre, Wadi Malu (Laverton & Warburtons) & myth of Njirana & Julana; gives some words with interlinear translations to these; Waramurungundju myth of Gunwinggu, Ubar of W. Arnhem Land, Djanggawul of N.E. Arnhem Land & Milingimbi; concept of the fertility mother; role of women (Kimberleys, Arnhem Land, Aranda, Great Victoria Desert); Chap.8; Sacred sphere of ritual - division lof labour (Bathurst & Melville Islands, lower River Murray, Western Desert, Arnhem Land); ritual validation; myth as explanation of ritual - gives examples (Western Desert, W. Arnhem Land, Fitzmaurice River, re-enactment of myth; dreaming tracks; increase ritual (Western Desert, Forrest River Aranda, Alice Springs, Dieri); ritual representations among Aranda, Balgo, Great Victoria Desert, Laverton, Warburtons, Victoria River district, Ooldea, Arnhem Land, obtaining of Maraiian ceremonies by W. Arnhem Land people; fertility cults - Ubar (Goulburn Island & W. Arnhem Land); Djanggawul (N.E. Arnhem Land), Kunapipi cult, Wawalag; social relevance of ritual; Chap.9; Belief in magic; native doctor sorcerer (Wuradjeri, Gunwinggu, Lunga, Great Victoria Desert); initiation of doctor (Wuradjeri, Dieri
The first Australians by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

36 editions published between 1952 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains extra plates; for annotation see 2nd edition
Man, land & myth in north Australia; the Gunwinggu people by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

14 editions published between 1970 and 1980 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on field work at Oenpelli, South Goulburn Is. & Croker Is., 1947-1968; p.1-14; Location of traditional territory on western & south-western side of Arnhem Land Res., population statistics, history of alien contact, territorial relationship to Maung, Wuningag, Gunbalang, Nagara, Gunavidji, Gadjalibi, Djinba, Yiwadja,; p.15-29; Relationship between myths & spirit beliefs, Rainbow Snake myth & local sites; p.30-52; Seasonal variations & food resources, cooking techniques, list of sweet & bitter edible roots, tools & utensils, canoes, brief notes on weapons, quotes myths showing natural resources, food taboos; p.53-75; Patrilineal descent, territorial ties, marriage rules, exogamy, matrilineal descent (moieties & semi-moieties), table of semimoieties & associated symbols, subsections; p.76-111; Kinship terms, rules of kin behaviour, sweetheart relationships, gives list of mortuary arrangements showing roles of kin, marriage preferences, residence patterns, seasonal movements --; p.112-148; Religion, sacred myths associated with Ngaljod, Ubar, Maraiin & Kunapipi rites, detailed description of 1) Ubar, 2) Mangindjeg, 3) Lorgun, 4) Maraiin, 5) Kunapipi rituals, magic & sorcery, trading ceremonies; p.149-187; Leadership & control, mythological parallels for good & bad behaviour, life-cycle, personal names, breaches of behaviour, betrothal & elopements, unnatural death, revenge killings, conflicts & quarrels; p.188- 209; Relations with outside world as seen in language & vocabulary, rock & cave paintings (X-ray & mimi styles), bark paintings (western Arnhem Land style), Gunwinggu & Maung speech contrasts, changes resulting from assimilation policies,; missionary work; p.210-236; Social identification, relationships between man & land, man & man, man & myth; Appendix I - List of Gunmugugur territorial units with native names & approximate locations; Appendix II - Terms of reference Appendix III Tribal or language names in Gunwinggu perspective; glossary of main Gunwinggu terms in text (c.140 terms); plates include portraits of Gunwinggu people, landscape near Oenpelli, Ubar, Maraiin & Kunapipi rituals, bark paintings of mythological subjects with details of associated myths, dates & names of artists, maps include Aboriginal maps of sacred sites in Gurudjmug, Gumadir & Margulidjban areas, tribal territories in western Arnhem Land
Sexual behavior in western Arnhem land by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

31 editions published between 1951 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aboriginal man in Australia by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

22 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributions by R. & C. Berndt, N.W.G. Macintosh, F.D. McCarthy, A. Capell, T.G.H. Strehlow, M.J. Meggitt, W.E.H. Stanner, T.A. Jones, M. Reay, J.H. Bell, R.A. Fink, P. Hasluck, all listed separately in this Bibliography; Bibliography of Elkins works
Aboriginal Australian art : a visual perspective by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive overview of Aboriginal art covering many genres and media of artistic expression, both traditional and contemporary; art set in its socio-cultural and religious context with discussions of style and meaning, social pressures and innovation; examines recent changes, the trend away from traditional forms, the adoption of European media and the renaissance of Aboriginal art
The world of the first Australians : aboriginal traditional life : past and present by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a classic in the field of Australian Aboriginal Studies. As well as being a comprehensive reference book, covering a wide range of the many traditional societies and cultures that have existed on the Australian continent, it draws together the threads of Aboriginal belief and practice in general terms
The barbarians: anthropological view by Catherine H Berndt( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses meaning of civilization; p.43-58, part 2 - People outside; popular misconceptions about Aborigines, new evidence to dispel these ideas, modern research reveals deeper significance in Western Desert culture, complexity of Aboriginal songs, examples from rain magic sequence from Canning Stock Route (English only) and Gunwinggu gossip songs in English & vernacular), brief explanations of social behaviour, kinship, moieties, clans, linguistic units, stories of Djanggau Sisters, Wawalag Sisters & their accounting for social & ritual differences between men & women; plates show bark paintings (from Berndt Collection at University of Western Australia) collected in Arnhem Land, with artists name where known, the Elcho Island Memorial
The speaking land : myth and story in Aboriginal Australia by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of non-secret-sacred myths and stories; translated from original languages
From black to white in South Australia by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

15 editions published between 1951 and 1975 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aborigines before European settlement - economy & environment, social life, initiation, magic & religion - generally described; Background of present-day attitudes, official attitude, settlers, attitude of the law, offences, court cases, mission work - Hermannsburg, Killalpaninna, Kopperamanna, Koonibba, Encounter Bay, Adelaide, Point McLeay (Taplins work); Aborigines attitudes; Present day policy & regulations, Chap.4; An outback area, I; Ooldea in transition; Notes on the United Aborigines Mission, conditions at station, keeping of Aboriginal rules & laws, sexual relations, marriage; Education at Ooldea; Chap.5; An outback area, II; Northern South Australia; Notes on the natives & their environment, Oodnadatta area, people of Aboriginal stock divided into 3 groups, 1. those living near the town; 2. those who have their homes actually in town but leave them occasionally to work on stations; 3. those who are reluctantly accepted by town people; Native settlements on plain above Oodnadatta, 2 overlapping sections one Antingari and Pidjandja speaking people the other, the Aranda; Economy & employment, police employ trackers, arrests & court cases, religious & non-sacred ceremonies held; Chap.6; A settled country area; the lower River Murray; Camps in area, Point Macleay Mission, seasonal occupations, effect of white laws, convictions, sexual relations; Chap.7; An urban area; Adelaide; Employment & economy; police convictions, sexual behaviour, prostitution; General adjustment; Appendix 15; Cases heard in court, & one where the prisoners had no understanding of English
Pheasant and kingfisher : originally told by Nganalgindja in the Gunwinggu language by Catherine H Berndt( Book )

24 editions published between 1979 and 2004 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two men escape from danger by turning into birds in this aboriginal myth from Australia which explains how the pheasant and kingfisher came into our world
The world of the first Australians by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

24 editions published between 1964 and 1985 in English and Russian and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addition of commentaries to update material; new chapters on contemporary situation; first edition, q.v., detailed contents
Arnhem Land : its history and its people by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

18 editions published between 1954 and 1974 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fieldwork 1946-47, 1949-50; Briefly outlines social organization of coastal people (Maung, Wulamba, Balamumu); Place of indigenous religion in Aboriginal society; Detailed account of alien contact in N.E. and W. Arnhem Land (Baijini (or preMacassans, Malayans etc.)); Effect of traders on ceremonies, material culture (pottery, art etc.) and song cycles; Depopulation - prevalence of venereal disease; Details of song cycle of Gumaidj group describing settlements of Macassans along N. Aust. coast with place names; Aborigines knowledge of peoples of the East India Archipelago - uncorporated in the Badu song cycle; History of European contact, details of murders and their repercussions, government policy; Position of the missions & their part in culture contact, disorganization of camp life through military contact; Detailed bibliographical references
Aborigines of the West : their past and their present by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

13 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers by K. Akerman, C.H. Berndt, R.M. Berndt, W.J.K. Christensen, K. Colbung, I.M. Crawford, J. Davis, W.H. Douglas, A.P. Elkin, D.A. Gray, M.C. George, R.K. Green, M.C. Howard, S. Kaldor, I. Malcolm, E. Kolig, T.J.N. Long, R. McKeich, R.F. Morland, K.R. McKelson, C.F. Makin, S.J. Meagher, W.D.L. Ride, C.D. Metcalfe, C.F. Mounsey, M.L. OBrien, H. Petri, M.V. Robinson, B.C. Shaw, J.L. Sherwood, J.E. Stanton, R. Tonkinson, K.C. Truscott, E.G. Vaszolyi, J.M. Wilson, M.J. Winch, S.T. Woenne, B.J. Wright, separately annotated
A world that was : the Yaraldi of the Murray River and the lakes, South Australia by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This extraordinary book, written from material gathered over half a century ago, will almost certainly be the last fine-grained account of traditional Aboriginal life in settled south-eastern Australia. It recreates the world of the Yaraldi group of the Kukabrak or Narrinyeri people of the Lower Murray and Lakes region of South Australia. In 1939 Albert Karloan, a Yaraldi man, urged a young ethnologist, Ronald Berndt, to set up camp at Murray Bridge and to record the story of his people. Karloan and Pinkie Mack, a Yaraldi woman, possessed through personal experience, not merely through hearsay, an all but complete knowledge of traditional life. They were virtually the last custodians of that knowledge and they felt the burden of their unique situation. This book represents their concerted efforts to pass on the story to future generations. For Ronald and Catherine Berndt, this was their first fieldwork together in an illustrious joint career of almost fifty years. During long periods, principally until 1943, they laboured with pencil and paper to put it all down - a far cry from the recording techniques of today's oral historians. Their fieldnotes were worked into a rough draft of what would become, but not until recently, the finished manuscript. The book's range is encyclopaedic and engrossing - sometimes dramatic. It encompasses relations between and among individuals and clan groups, land tenure, kinship, the subsistence economy, trade, ceremony, councils, fighting and warfare, rites of passage from conception to death, myths, and beliefs and practices concerning healing and the supernatural. Not least, it is a record of the dramatic changes following European colonization. A World That Was is a unique contribution to Australia's cultural history. There is simply no comparable body of work, nor is there ever likely to be
Going it alone? : prospects for Aboriginal autonomy : essays in honour of Ronald and Catherine Berndt by Robert Tonkinson( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays in honour of leading anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt has as its central theme Aboriginal autonomy. The contributors examine the relationship between government policies of 'self-management' (and their attendant ideology) and what actually happens in Aboriginal communities. Going it Alone includes biographical information about the Berndts and a select bibliography of their work
End of an era : aboriginal labour in the Northern Territory by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retrospective analysis of survey of Aboriginal labour on cattle stations, Army Aboriginal Settlements, 1944-46; stations, all owned by Australian Investment Agency (Vesteys), include Wave Hill, Waterloo, Limbunya, Birrundudu, Gordon Downs, Manbulloo, Willeroo; Army Settlements include Katherine Civil Settlement, Manbulloo Army settlement; also Daly River region; inadequacy of diet, starvation; inadequate supplies of drinking, washing water, shelter, educational, medical facilities; infant mortality, birth rate; sexual relations, white men, Aboriginal women; labour recruitment, remuneration; costs to stations for food, clothing, sundries supplied to Aborigines; conduct of white staff, Aboriginal attitudes; responses to report, recommendations
Women's changing ceremonies in northern Australia by Catherine H Berndt( Book )

14 editions published between 1950 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Land of the Rainbow Snake : Aboriginal children's stories and songs from western Arnhem Land by Catherine H Berndt( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boys turn into fish, a wild woman and her giant dog look for people to eat, and other wonders occur in these twenty-seven traditional stories from the aborigines of western Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia
The aboriginal Australians : the first pioneers by Catherine H Berndt( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional lifestyle; social framework and kinship; sex roles; relationship with land; childhood; marriage; religion; art; contact and conflict; identity; contemporary issues
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The speaking land : myth and story in Aboriginal Australia
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Alternative Names
Berndt, C. H. 1918-1994

Berndt, C. H. (Catherine Helen), 1918-1994

Berndt, Catherine

Berndt Catherine 1918-1994

Berndt Catherine H.

Berndt, Catherine H. 1918-

Berndt, Catherine H. (Catherine Helen)

Berndt, Catherine Helen

Berndt, Catherine Helen 1918-

Berndt, Catherine Helen 1918-1994

Berndt, K. H.

Catherine Berndt antropóloga australiana

Catherine Berndt antropologe uit Australië (1918-1994)

Catherine Berndt Australian anthropologist

Catherine Helen Berndt

Catherine Helen Berndt australische Ethnologin und Museumsgründerin

Webb, Catherine H. 1918-1994

Webb, Catherine H. (Catherine Helen), 1918-1994

Webb, Catherine Helen 1918-1994

Берндт К.Х.

Берндт, К. Х 1918-1994

Берндт Кэтрин Х.


English (349)

French (3)

Russian (1)