Culture in Translation

Culture in Translation

The anthropological legacy of R. H. Mathews

Culture in TranslationEdited by: Martin Thomas

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R. H. Mathews (1841–1918) was an Australian-born surveyor and self-taught anthropologist. From 1893 until his death in 1918, he made it his mission to record all ‘new and interesting facts’ about Aboriginal Australia. Despite falling foul with some of the most powerful figures in British and Australian anthropology, Mathews published some 2200 pages of anthropological reportage in English, French and German. His legacy is an outstanding record of Aboriginal culture in the Federation period.

This first edited collection of Mathews’ writings represents the many facets of his research, ranging from kinship study to documentation of myth. It include eleven articles translated from French or German that until now have been unavailable in English. Introduced and edited by Martin Thomas, who compellingly analyses the anthropologist, his milieu, and the intrigues that were so costly to his reputation, Culture in Translation is essential reading on the history of cross-cultural research.

The translations from the French are by Mathilde de Hauteclocque and from the German by Christine Winter.

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Details

ISBN (print):
9781921313240
ISBN (online):
9781921313257
Publication date:
Sep 2007
Note:
Aboriginal History Monograph 15
Imprint:
ANU Press
Series:
Aboriginal History Monographs
Co-publisher:
Aboriginal History
Citation URL:
http://press.anu.edu.au?p=99461
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
Countries:
Australia

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Introducing R. H. Mathews

  1. ‘Birrarak is the name given to me by the natives’ (PDF, 4.6MB)

Part 1: Rock Art and Daily Life

  1. Introduction (PDF, 1.3MB)
  2. Contributions to the Ethnography of the Australians (PDF, 325KB)
  3. Rock Carvings and Paintings by the Australian Aborigines (PDF, 1.0MB)
  4. Plan of some Drawings carved or painted on Rock by the Natives of New South Wales, Australia (PDF, 580KB)

Part 2: Kinship and Marriage

  1. Introduction (PDF, 121KB)
  2. Social Organisation of Some Australian Tribes (PDF, 223KB)
  3. Remarks on the Natives of Australia (PDF, 243KB)
  4. The Natives of Australia (PDF, 111KB)

Part 3: Mythology

  1. Introduction (PDF, 755KB)
  2. Some Mythology of the Gundungurra Tribe, New South Wales (PDF, 176KB)
  3. A Giant in a Cave—An Australian Legend (PDF, 143KB)
  4. Australian Folk-Tales (PDF, 180KB)
  5. The Wareengarry and Karambal (PDF, 100KB)
  6. The Hereafter (PDF, 103KB)

Part 4: Language

  1. Introduction (PDF, 747KB)
  2. The Wailwan Language (PDF, 257KB)
  3. Language of the Kurnu Tribe, New South Wales (PDF, 300KB)

Part 5: Ceremony

  1. Introduction (PDF, 233KB)
  2. The Mŭltyerra Initiation Ceremony (PDF, 370KB)
  3. Initiation Ceremony of the Birdhawal Tribe (PDF, 227KB)
  4. The Bundandaba Ceremony of Initiation in Queensland (PDF, 199KB)

Part 6: Correspondence

  1. Introduction (PDF, 109KB)
  2. Letters to E. S. Hartland (PDF, 121KB)
  3. Letters to R. H. Mathews (PDF, 144KB)
  4. Letter to Moritz von Leonhardi (PDF, 101KB)

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