Native Title in Australia: An Ethnographic Perspective

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 27, 2003 - History - 279 pages
Native title continues to be one of the most controversial political, legal and indeed moral issues in contemporary Australia. Ever since the High Court's Mabo decision of 1992, the attempt to understand and adapt native title to different contexts and claims has been an ongoing concern for that broad range of people involved with native title claims. In this book, Peter Sutton sets out fundamental anthropological issues to do with customary rights, kinship, identity and spirituality that are highly relevant for lawyers and others working on land claims cases.

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Dr Peter Sutton is a distinguished anthropologist and linguist, and is widely regarded as Australia's foremost consultant anthropologist in the field of Aboriginal studies. He has worked with Aboriginal people in remote and rural areas since 1969 and he speaks languages from western and eastern Cape York Peninsula. He has written eleven books, including Languages of Cape York; Art and Land: Aboriginal Sculptures of the Lake Eyre Region; This is What Happened: Historical Narratives by Aborigines; Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia; Wik-Ngathan dictionary and country: Aboriginal Boundaries and Land Ownership in Australia.

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