The cards compiled in this box relate to Tindale's concern with using vocabulary to map distributional patterns of cultural and natural phenomena across Australia. Header cards include: Corobori; 'Dream' Time; Generat. Level; Initiation; Circumcision; Language; Marriage; Medical & Disease; Smallpox; Men, Clever, Doctors; Name; Sacred Places; Totem; Sanctions; Scarification; Songs; Trees sacred, upside down, talking; Transformation; Trespass. Cards are mostly drawn from literature sources but some are from Tindale's manuscript materials.
Note that many of the header cards relate to 'subjects' rather than to a single English gloss. 'Initiation', for instance, is a broad heading within which cards may refer to the ceremony itself or an aspect of it, such as a participant or place of initiation. On the other hand, nearly all of the cards listed under 'circumcision' are glossed as 'man'.