Economic Structure and the Ceremonial Exchange Cycle in Arnhem Land.

THOMSON Donald F. F. (1949.)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo. [4], 106, [2, blank] pp., frontispiece and 10 other black and white photographic illustrations across 4 plates, 2 folding letterpress maps at rear. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, dust jacket. A near fine, notably bright copy. Melbourne, MacMillan & Co., Ltd.

One of the great anthropological studies of the concept of exchange, based on ethnographic research undertaken over a four year period of Aboriginal ceremonial economics and gift exchanges in Arnhem Land, north-eastern Australia. 

Thomson studied zoology at the University of Melbourne and later anthropology at the Univeristy of Sydney, determined to realise his early ambitions to become an explorer. Thomson made two expeditions to North Queensland in 1928 and 1932-33, which resulted in significant collections in zoology and ethnography. It also afforded him the opportunity to witness conditions for Aborigines at the Presbyterian mission in Aurukun and he became a strong supporter of Aboriginal rights. In 1932-33 five Japanese and three Europeans were killed by Aborigines and Thomson volunteered to investigate, finally departing in May 1935 for eastern Arnhem Land, where we hold stay until September 1937.

Stock Code: 235087

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