Among Cannibals: An Account of Four Years’ Travels in by Carl 1851-1922 Lumholtz

By Carl 1851-1922 Lumholtz

In 1880 the Norwegian ethnologist, zoologist and explorer Carl Lumholtz launched into an day trip to Australia, with the aim of watching the lifestyles and customs of the Australian Aborigines. This booklet makes a speciality of his reports whereas dwelling for a 12 months with a neighborhood in Queensland that had by no means formerly come into touch with white humans. 'Not in basic terms are the various Australian Aborigines cannibals', says Lumholtz, 'but many of the tribes haven't but emerged from the Stone Age within the heritage in their development'. He is going on brilliantly to rfile a posh and engaging society. Containing exact maps to demonstrate the explorer's travels and lots of photographs, the publication additionally comprises informative appendices outlining Australian heritage, geology, wildlife. First released in 1889, Lumholtz's vintage account of the occasions and practices he witnessed keeps the ability to surprise, train and entertain the fashionable reader.

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Archer counted thirty-seven kinds of birds on the lagoon. And still the birds are few now, both as to numbers and species, as compared with what they were twenty years ago. The cattle have eaten the tall grass and the weeds growing in the shallow water near the shores of the lake, where thousands of birds found their homes. Even black swans made their nests here. Mr. Archer believes that a few years ago there were more than 10,000 birds on this lake. If a gun was fired, the birds rose with a noise like distant thunder.

They have also given Norse names to several localities in the vicinity, as for instance Mount Berserker and Mount Sleipner. The run of their station was at first fifty miles long and twenty miles wide. But gradually, as the country became settled, the " squatters " were not permitted to retain these larger pastures, which they do not themselves own, but occupy by paying rent to the Government. Hence the area of the station very soon became reduced, when the land, owing to the increase of population, was offered for sale.

Bush. To furnish drink for the cattle the squatter must build large dams, especially across the rivers, and thus gather a supply which may protect him against irreparable losses. In recent years water has been obtained by boring very deep wells. I may here mention the fact that, at the end of 1887, water was found in Barcaldine at a depth of 691 feet by an artesian boring. It was clear as crystal and perfectly fresh, but very warm, the temperature being 101 0 F. Through a pipe 10 inches in diameter it rose above the ground with such force that it carried stones of the size of emu eggs to the surface.

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