Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Saturday 14 April 1945, page 26
WHY SCIENTISTS STUDY OUR ABORIGINES
The Australian aborigines
have been called "the most interesting race at present on earth," and
scientists from countries like
Our aborigines have systems oŁ customs and ceremonies which are enormously complicated and which throw light on the whole of human history, because similar customs can be seen in many other savage tribes throughout the world. Not only that, but they throw light on many customs and ceremonies which still survive among (the peasant classes of European countries also.
By tracing all these customs around the world, scientists can at last become fairly sure about the original customs and beliefs of the prehistoric race from which all these races on the earth today have descended. The Australian aborigines have methods by which their medicine men try to bring down rain in times of drought and astonishingly similar methods' have been found to exist among many other native rates throughout the world B
The study of these various
customs of mankind throughout the world is called "anthropology ". It
is interesting to observe that a few years ago Sir Baldwin Spencer and Frank
Gillen made a long and careful study of the Arunta tribe in
Those two titles in a sense illustrate the changing attitude to our aborigines at one time everyone seemed to regard them as a Stone Age people who would simply have to die out but now many people regard them as a people with a civilisation which ought to compel our respect.