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Author Rose, Deborah Bird, 1946-

Title Dingo makes us human : life and land in an Aboriginal Australian culture / Deborah Bird Rose
Published Cambridge [England] ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, [1992]


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 W'PONDS  306.0899915 Ros/Dmu  AVAILABLE
 W'PONDS  306.0899915 Ros/Dmu  AVAILABLE
Description 249 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, genealogical tables ; 26 cm
Contents Includes index
Summary The Aboriginal people are essential figures in White Australia's mythology, and as such are often represented as being intrinsic to the past. Nevertheless their role in the future is widely perceived as being irrelevant and the much publicised images of the squalor and misery of contemporary Aboriginal communities often serve to further alienate European Australia from Aboriginal Australia. Debbie Bird Rose's highly original ethnography of the people of the Victoria River Valley in the Northern Territory fulfils what she sees as anthropology's basic purpose: to emphasise our shared humanity. In Dingo Makes Us Human, members of several Aboriginal communities recount their stories, stories which bring the past and present, the specific and general and the individual and collective into a shared matrix. The study has a firm historical grounding, describing the decimation and subjugation of the Aboriginal people in the region following white colonisation. In 1883, Victoria River Downs was the largest cattle station in the world and 4-5,000 Aboriginal people lived in its surrounding area; by 1939, 187 people remained, complete tribes and languages having been destroyed. This nightmarish history is recounted by the Yarralin people, yet the author ensures that they be viewed as survivors who have creatively maintained their culture. Dr Rose's approach is largely dialogic. Her analysis encompasses religion, philosophy, politics, ecology and kinship, explaining the ideas contained within the people's stories and their philosophies of life. Debbie Bird Rose lived for two years with the Yarralin community, and her lucid descriptions of the Dreaming as both a model and celebration of life, and of the network of identities which link people to each other and to the world in which they live, demonstrate the extent of her understanding of and empathy with the Yarralin people. The book's boldly direct and personal approach will be illuminating for readers lacking a sophisticated anthropological background and its insight of great value to experienced anthropologists
Analysis Australian aborigines Culture
Aboriginal culture
Aboriginal land rights
Australian aboriginal civilization
Northern Territory
Race relations
Social conditions
Yarralin (N.T.)
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [238]-245
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.
Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Australia -- Yarralin (N.T.)
Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Yarralin
Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Yarralin -- Government relations
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Yarralin (N.T.) -- Government relations.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Yarralin (N.T.) -- Social conditions.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Yarralin -- Religion
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Yarralin -- Social conditions
Aboriginal Australians -- Yarralin, Northern Territory -- Government relations
Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Yarralin, Northern Territory
Aboriginal Australians -- Yarralin, Northern Territory -- Social conditions
Yarralin (N.T.) -- Politics and government.
Yarralin, Northern Territory -- Politics and government
LC no. 90045466
ISBN 0521392691