"Material Culture of the North Wellesley Islands" is a published monograph which was produced over a period of 30 years.
Written by Professor Paul Memmott, the monograph provides an ethnographic description of the material culture traditionally employed by the Aboriginal people of the North Wellesley Islands. These islands are located in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria and are occupied by two Indigenous groups – the Lardil and the Yangkaal. A third group, the Kaiadilt, occupy the South Wellesley Islands and a fourth group, the Ganggalida are on the adjacent mainland. This paper focuses on the Lardil who are the traditional owners for Mornington Island or Gununa (which is by far the largest of the islands), as well as Sydney Island (Langunganji) and Wallaby Island (Lingunganji).
Thanks to the Australian Museum, The South Australian Museum, Queensland Museum and The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum for access to collections and archives.Thanks also to these museums and New Holland Publishers for kind permission to reproduce photographs, to The Queensland Herbarium for plant identifications and the Fryer Library (The University of Queensland) for permission to reproduce the N.F. Nelson photographs.
Attached at the right are selected images from "Material Culture of the North Wellesley Islands".
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