Evening Play: Acquainting Toddlers with Dangers and Fear at Yuendumu, Northern Territory

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    Based on research with Warlpiri people at the Aboriginal town of Yuendumu in Central Australia, this chapter provides ethnographic material on and analysis of an Aboriginal extended family groups nightly play sessions, focusing on three toddlers (between 2 and 2.5 years old). These sessions happen after dinner and before the toddlers fall asleep, when family members spend the evening in the camp, socialising. All action focused on the toddlers during this time has to do with inducing and relieving fear. I relate these sessions to others described in the anthropology of Aboriginal Australia and read them as part of larger processes of social learning through which Warlpiri children acquire understanding of their world and how they fit into it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSocial Learning and Innovation in Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers: Evolutionary and Ethnographic Perspectives
    EditorsHideaki Terashima & Barry S Hewlett
    Place of PublicationTokyo
    PublisherSpringer Japan KK
    ISBN (Print)9784431559955
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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