By Nicholas Evans
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The major Kaiadilt ceremonies are individually oriented, celebrating the rites of passage of birth, betrothal, and circumcision. Compared to most parts of Australia there was little gender segregation during these: during circumcisions (the centrepiece of which is an exclusively male preserve in most of Australia) two old women knelt to form a table on which the initiate lay face up, and during birth (generally an all-female affair) the father and father-in-law of the baby were present. It is likely that the blurring of male/female ceremonial boundaries is a result of the Kaiadilt's small population, reducing the labour force available to undertake these ceremonies.
Nominally one should not eat the flesh of one's conception totem, although in practice this stricture is not observed when the totem is a large food source like a dugong or turtle. Both conception totems and patrilineal totems are known by the same expression niwanda wuranda 'his/her food'. Although the Kaiadilt's social organization was different from their neighbours, their kinship system was virtually identical. 3 Traditional Kaiadilt culture 21 members of the social universe are one's kin, with the initial basis of extension being the treating of same-sex siblings as alike: one's father's brothers are also called "father", one's mother's sisters as "mother"; this then extends to calling one's father's brother's children or one's mother's sister's children "brother" or "sister", and so on.
In Mornington English it is simply called "the Bentinck language". s". The Kaiadilt's traditional lands comprised the South Wellesley Islands (Map 1): Bentinck Island, Sweers Island, several smaller islands, and sometimes Allen Island. In pre-contact times they were almost totally cut off from the rest of Australia, and had no regular contact with other tribes. The delineation of tribal and language boundaries is therefore quite unproblematic, in contrast to many other parts of Australia (cf. Rigsby—Sutton 1982, Merlan 1982a).
A Grammar of Kayardild: With Historical-Comparative Notes on Tangkic by Nicholas Evans