Exploring Aboriginal Kinship by Don Williams

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Book and DVD kit

The kinship system is a foundation of the Aboriginal social organisation, a complex system that not only determines how people relate to each other, but governs the roles and obligations towards each other and the Land. The kinship system differ from region to region, but they have one thing in common: the kin terms that used for blood relatives are extended to every people in the social world, to outsiders or `newcomers`, even to the non-human world. If you wish to learn about Aboriginal culture, studying kinship is the first step you need to take.

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Book and DVD kit

The kinship system is a foundation of the Aboriginal social organisation, a complex system that not only determines how people relate to each other, but governs the roles and obligations towards each other and the Land. The kinship system differ from region to region, but they have one thing in common: the kin terms that used for blood relatives are extended to every people in the social world, to outsiders or `newcomers`, even to the non-human world. If you wish to learn about Aboriginal culture, studying kinship is the first step you need to take.

Don Williams was living in Northeast Arnhem Land for many years, and having a close relationship with Yolŋu. This book was written as a teaching material for secondary school students to understand the intricate kinship system of the Yolŋu people of Northeast Arnhem Land. It was first published in 1981, this book and the accompanying DVD is still the most comprehensive explanation of the Aboriginal kinship system of the region.

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