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Berndt, Ronald M. (Ronald Murray) 1916-1990

Works: 537 works in 1,253 publications in 4 languages and 13,487 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Art  Music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Composer, Contributor, Photographer
Classifications: GN665, 572.994
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Most widely held works by Ronald M Berndt
The world of the first Australians; an introduction to the traditional life of the Australian aborigines by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

27 editions published between 1964 and 1968 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 )

40 editions published between 1952 and 1986 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origin, physical description, language diversity, religion, environmental differences; tribal boundaries linked with mythology, totemic centres, beliefs; Arnhem Land notes on descent, fishing spears, canoes, rafts, log canoes with Macassan-type sails; fish traps, nets; variety of weapons & artefacts; Brief notes on huts, Great Victoria Desert, Arnhem Land, R. Murray, Stirling R., Daly R. - preservation of food, fruit, fish, animal meat; Trade (Arnhem Land) - 6 main ceremonies; Djamalag, Rom, Midjan, Wurbu, Mamurung, Njalaidj; trade routes, list of goods traded; Childhood, education, initiation, marriage, agegrades, care of elderly; Spritual beliefs Djanggawul, Banaitja, Kunapipi & others, brief reference to Daramulan & Baiami (N.S.W.), Murunderi & Nepeli (S.A.); heroes of Lake Eyre, Great Victoria Desert and Kimberleys, Northern Territory tribes, relevant mythology; secular myths retold; Ritual and description of increase ceremonies, love magic rituals, dances, notes on sacred, secular, mourning and gossip songs; Artefacts, wooden carvings (W.A., N.T.), rock and cave paintings (Kimberleys); Law & order, taboos, punishment, peace making ceremony (Arnhem Land); organized meetings by Narrinyerri (mouth of R. Murray) unique, behaviour patterns, pre-marital & extra-marital sexual expression All types of magic, rainmakers, charms; Mortuary rites, types of burial (Great Victoria Desert, Arnhem Land), mourning; Foreign influence before European settlement, present day culture contact situation, land rights; Three songs from Arnhem Land in English, drawings show bark paintings, crayon drawings from Arnhem Land
Australian aboriginal art by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

21 editions published between 1963 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes and explains the motivation, origins, significance, styles, techniques, materials, varieties, and esthetic perspectives
Excess and restraint; social control among a New Guinea mountain people by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

22 editions published between 1962 and 1979 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics in New Guinea : traditional and in the context of change, some anthropological perspectives by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man, land & myth in north Australia; the Gunwinggu people by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

14 editions published between 1970 and 1980 in English and held by 540 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
Australian aboriginal anthropology; modern studies in the social anthropology of the Australian aborigines by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

11 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Australian Aboriginal religion by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

31 editions published in 1974 in 3 languages and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aborigines and change : Australia in the '70s( Book )

14 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers presented to a symposium at the Institute's 1974 meeting
Sexual behavior in western Arnhem land by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

33 editions published between 1951 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aboriginal man in Australia by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

21 editions published in 1965 in English and Undetermined 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 )

17 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
Djanggawul; an aboriginal religious cult of north-eastern Arnhem Land by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

24 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Djanggawul religious cult is the focus for this study because it is more important to the Aborigines themselves than other religious cults in the north-eastern region of Arnhem land. The book includes chapters on the following: · Significance of the Djanggawul · The Djanggawul Myth and Content of the Myth · The Djanggawul Songs · The Djanggawul Song Cycle: Parts 1 The book includes an extensive glossary and index. First published in 1952
The world of the first Australians : aboriginal traditional life : past and present by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

27 editions published between 1977 and 2000 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic book covers social organisation, economic life, relationship with land, life cycle, religious beliefs, law and order, art, death, politics and an analysis of current developments in both Aboriginal studies and Aboriginal affairs
The barbarians: anthropological view by Catherine H Berndt( Book )

15 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
Love songs of Arnhem Land by Ronald Murray Berndt( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three song cycles (Goulburn Island, Rose River, Djarada) of Murngin (Wulamba or Maleg) groups collected at Yirrkala with inter-linear texts; discussion of background to songs and how they were collected; analysis of Aboriginal sexuality in social life, myth, ritual and symbolism; Appendix includes description of love magic objects
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 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of non-secret-sacred myths and stories; translated from original languages
An adjustment movement in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory of Australia by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fieldwork 1958; The attempt by Elcho Is. natives to control or direct the social & cultural change; Discussion of the circumstances in which movement came into being; Ritual aspect, the making of the Administration; Bringing together of all the Wullamba through the rangga, the building of the Memorial (inscription given with translation); Reorientation of marriage choices, the setting up of a council, sermons, natives attitude towards education policy, political implications, aim for independence and equality with Europeans; Increasing trend towards secularization
From black to white in South Australia by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

17 editions published between 1951 and 1975 in English and held by 290 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
The world of the first Australians by Ronald M Berndt( Book )

25 editions published between 1964 and 1985 in English and Russian and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addition of commentaries to update material; new chapters on contemporary situation; first edition, q.v., detailed contents
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