Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The social organisation of the tribes; 3. Certain ceremonies concerned with marriage, together with a discussion regarding the same; 4. The totems; 5. The churinga or bull roarers of the Arunta and other tribes; 6. Intichiuma ceremonies; 7. Initiation ceremonies; 8. Initiation ceremonies (continued); 9. Initiation ceremonies (continued); 10. Traditions dealing with the origin of the Alcheringa ancestors of the Arunta tribe and with particular customs; 11. Traditions dealing with the origin of the Alcheringa ancestors of the Arunta tribe and with particular customs (continued); 12. Customs concerned with knocking out of teeth, etc.; 13. The customs of Kurdaitcha and Illapurinja and the avenging party or atninga; 14. Customs relating to burial and mourning; 15. The Iruntarinia and Arumburinga, or spirit individuals; 16. The making and the powers of medicine men; various forms of magic; 17. Methods of obtaining wives; 18. Myths relating to sun, moon, eclipses, etc.; 19. Clothing, weapons, implements, decorative art; Appendices; Glossary of native terms used; Index.
A pioneering and influential ethnography of Central Australian Aboriginal tribal customs and social structures, first published in 1899.