Arrernte Present, Arrernte Past: Invasion, Violence, and Imagination in Indigenous Central Australia

Arrernte Present, Arrernte Past: Invasion, Violence, and Imagination in Indigenous Central Australia

Diane J. Austin-Broos


The Arrernte humans of valuable Australia first encountered Europeans within the 1860s as teams of explorers, pastoralists, missionaries, and workers invaded their land. in the course of that point the Arrernte have been the topic of excessive interest, and the earliest money owed in their lives, ideals, and traditions have been a seminal impression on ecu notions of the primitive. the 1st examine to deal with the Arrernte’s modern situation, Arrernte current, Arrernte Past additionally files the sizeable sociocultural alterations they've got skilled during the last hundred years.

Employing ethnographic and archival examine, Diane Austin-Broos strains the heritage of the Arrernte as they've got transitioned from a society of hunter-gatherers to contributors of the Hermannsburg venture group to their current, marginalized place within the sleek Australian economic climate. whereas she concludes that those wrenching structural shifts resulted in the violence that now marks Arrernte groups, she additionally brings to mild the robust acts of mind's eye that experience sustained a continuous experience of Arrernte identity.

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