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Aboriginal frontiers and boundaries in Australia

Author: Stephen Davis; J R V Prescott
Publisher: Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1992.
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"Before the coming of the Europeans, Aboriginal communities lived within territories defined by complex ritual cycles of song, dance, symbol and ceremony. Knowledge of these boundaries and frontiers was in the keeping of senior custodians. In traditional communities, this continues to be the situation. Today, white Australians belatedly acknowledge Aboriginal land rights and the special significance of sacred sites.  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davis, Stephen, 1951-
Aboriginal frontiers and boundaries in Australia.
Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)621815391
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Davis; J R V Prescott
ISBN: 0522844839 9780522844832
OCLC Number: 26914613
Description: xii, 169 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Territorial Limits of Aboriginal Peoples. Limits of Aboriginal Territories in other Continents. Cartographic Evidence for the Existence of Aboriginal Boundaries. Study of Boundaries in Political Geography. Research Methods. Plan of the Book --
2. Tropical Coast. Environment. Seasonal Use of Resources. The People. Non Aboriginal Contact. Clan Territories. Evolution of Boundaries. Boundary Definition of Territories. Changes in Boundary Location. Succession to Territory. Rights of Access and Permission --
3. Southwest Arnhem Land. Environment. Exploration and Non-Aboriginal Settlement. Claims and Elaboration. Boundaries in the Modern Period --
4. Central Australia. Environment. Exploration and Pastoral Settlement. Effects Upon Territoriality. Movement North of the Amadeus Frontier. Boundaries of the Watarrka Sub-Territory. Traditional Proofs of Territorial Rights. The Luritja Frontier --
5. Torres Strait. Environment. European Contact and Exploration. Maluigal Territory. Clan Boundaries. Territorial Rights --
6. Conclusions. Traditional Aboriginal Boundaries. Administrative Aboriginal Boundaries. Aboriginal Boundaries in the 1990s.
Responsibility: S.L. Davis and J.R.V. Prescott.

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Over the past decade there have been 32 land rights cases in the Northern Territory which have been started or completed. This book charts the territories of various Aboriginal groups throughout  Read more...

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