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A Sacred Landscape
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Nearly a century after dispossession first began, educated Australians "discovered" that aboriginal property ownership was systematic and based on kinship groups. But it wasn't until the 1930's that anthropologists began to understand the religious dimension to the bond between the people and their land.

This challenged the colonial notion that Aboriginal beliefs were superstitious. Aboriginal thought, they argued, contained a rich religious tradition, which linked people to the land.
...The Women's Camp...
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1901
aborigines, anthropology, custom
Malo's Laws
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Christianity, clans, Malo, Malo's laws, Meriam culture, religion
Malo
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Malo, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, religion, sacred, tag mauki mauki, trespass
Indigenous People & Their Land
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custom, indigenous people, land ownership, land rights, land use, sacred
Indigenous Customary Law
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indigenous people, Mabo judgement, native title
Belonging To Country
Topic
 
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
Cultural Diversity & Common Identity
Topic
 
aborigines, fishing, hunting, land ownership, land use
Science & Indigenous Australians
Topic
1960s-
anthropology, Eyre, Edward John, land rights
...victims of philosophical prejudice...
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anthropology, Darwin, Charles, religion
A doomed race?
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anthropology, assimilation, barbarism, colonists, Darwin, Charles, humanitarians, religion, Victoria
Walter Baldwin Spencer Regrets
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1884-1938
Alice Springs, anthropology, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, Central Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, religion, reserves, South Australia, Western Australia
The Horn Expedition
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1894
aborigines, Alice Springs, anthropology, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, Northern Territory, religion
W. Baldwin Spencer & F.T. Gillen Across Australia
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1901-1902
anthropology, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, culture, Northern Territory, religion
W. Baldwin Spencer, Wanderings in Wild Australia
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1911-1912
anthropology, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, Northern Territory, religion
Gillen & Spencer
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1920s
anthropology, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, custom, Northern Territory, rations
The Laws Of Malo
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indigenous law, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, religion, sacred, sacred
Malo's Law
Topic
 
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Gelam
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Meriam culture, Meriam Mer, Murray Island, myths
Las
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Las, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, Piadaram, Zogo le
Boundaries & Markers
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land ownership, Las, Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Native Title & Indigenous Law
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aboriginal law, Malo's laws, native title, Native Title Act (1993), sacred
Performance, Art & The Sacred
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Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Sovereignty & Indigenous Self-Government
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Mabo judgement, native title, sovereignty
Baldwin Spencer with Arrente elders
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1896
aborigines, anthropology, Arrente, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, Central Australia, totems
Kaititja Woman Pitchi
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1901
aborigines, anthropology, custom
Two Arrente Women with a baby
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1895
aborigines, anthropology, Arrente, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, Central Australia, custom, Northern Territory
Tiwi Yam Ceremony
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1912
aborigines, anthropology, Baldwin Spencer, Walter, culture, Northern Territory, Tiwi, yams