Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1976.
Quarto, xii, 250 pages with 29 figures, 18 maps and 6 plates plus a large folding map in an endpocket ('Aboriginal Language Distribution in the Northern Territory, as at December 1972': 865 x 600 mm).
Pictorial card covers; top corner of the front cover and rear flyleaf a little nibbled; rear cover a little creased; spine a little sunned; a very good copy.
With the ownership signature of the Reverend Dr Leslie Bernhard Grope (1920-2018), Lutheran Church of Australia President Emeritus, 'who served in the role now known as LCA bishop from 1972 until his retirement in 1987' (LCA obituary). The book contains, in rewritten form, eleven of the twelve papers presented at a symposium, 'Ecology, Spatial Organisation and Process in Aboriginal Australia' held at the ANU in October 1973. The contributors are Tindale, Flood, Peterson, Mulvaney, Birdsell, Yengoyan, Berndt, Maddock, Turner, Rose, Dixon and Milliken. The symposium was held to commemorate thirty-six years of collaboration between Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell. 'Their work has stimulated research and stirred continuing controversy ... Central to the controversy, and to their work, has been the existence and nature of the Australian tribe ... In an important sense the controversy arises directly out of Tindale's original tribal map, published in 1940'.