Goodale, Jane C. (Jane Carter), 1926-. Tiwi wives: a study of the women of Melville Island, North Australia

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Tiwi Wives A Study Of The Women Of Melville Island, North Australia

Chapter One The Heritage

The Land

The History

The Countries

The Matrilineal Descent Groups

The Age Divisions

Chapter Two The Kitjiŋa

Kitjiŋa 1

Kitji□a 2

Kitji□a 3

Kitjiŋa 4 And 5

Chapter Three Aliŋa And Muriŋaleta

Muriŋaleta: Puberty

The Menstrual Taboos

The Muriŋaleta Rituals

The Ambrinua Relationship

Types Of Marriage Contracts

Quantitative Analysis Of Plural And Serial Marriages And The Age Difference Between Husbands And Wives

Chapter Four Tiwi Social Structure And Marriage

The Matrilineal Type

The Matrilineal Sibling Set

The Matrilineal Sib 1

The Matrilineal Super-sibs

The Matrilineal Phratry

The Matrilineal Moieties

The Structural Dynamics Of The Matrilineal Descent Units: The Data

Marriage Exchange By Matrilineal Units

The Diagrams: Placement And Distribution (fig. 6)

The Diagrams: Marriage Exchange (fig. 7)

The Patrilineal Type

The Patrilineal Sibling Set

The Patrilineage


Residential Types

Tiwi Kinship And Marriage Contracts

Marriage Contracts And Kinship

Genealogy 1: Explanation Of Contracts

Genealogy 2: Explanation Of Contracts

Chapter Five Pregnancy And Motherhood



Chapter Six The Economic Role Of The Tiwi Wife

Division Of Labor

Women's Hunting Equipment

Men's Hunting Equipment

Bush Hunting

Food Preparation And Distribution


Control Of Resources

Specially Considered Food Plants

Chapter Seven The Kulama Ceremony 1

The 1954 Kulama Ceremony At Banjo Beach

Kulama Initiation

Age Of Initiation

Special Rituals Of Initiation


The Role Of The Initiates In The Kulama -yam Ceremony

The 1912 Kulama Ceremony

The Kulama Ceremony: Summary And Discussion

Chapter Eight Old Age, Sickness, And Death

Old Age


Death And The Mobuditi

Death And Burial


Chapter Nine Pukamani

Phase 2: Sending Messengers And Selecting Workers

Phase 3: Preliminary Rituals—the Ilanea

The Wamuta: The “fight” Between Workers And Employers

The Wandiatapinda And The Irampumuni

The Pumati: The Mock Fight Of Spouses ( Imbunei And Imbuneiŋa )

Phase 4: The Pukamani Ceremony, The Final Rituals

Chapter Ten Tiwi World View And Values

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Tiwi wives: a study of the women of Melville Island, North Australia

Published By: Original publisher Seattle: University of Washington Press. [1971]. xxiv, 368 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Jane C. Goodale

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tiwi (OI20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Marriage (580); Gender status (562); Age stratification (561); Polygamy (595); Household (592); Burial practices and funerals (764); Puberty and initiation (881); Conception (842); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Localized kin groups (618);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This book discusses Tiwi social organization through the life cycles of individual men and women. It does this by providing detailed exposition of social groups, marriage arrangments, puverty rites and funeral ceremonies in which culturally expected duties and obligations of men and women come to live. The book views Tiwi culture and soceity as fluid and flexible.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. oi20-014

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-357)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1953-1954, and 1962

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2007

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1914-1962

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Melville Island, Australia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Women, Tiwi (Australia) Tiwi (Australian people)--Social life and customs


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