When anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner arrived in Warumungu country – Tennant Creek (NT) – in 1934 he was sorting out his ideas on First Peoples forms of social organisation. In seeking a degree of clarity and certainty, his thinking took a particular turn and the larger groupings received less emphasis.
Stanner’s 1930’s take on First Peoples Ways would later influence the statutory definition of ‘traditional Aboriginal owner’ of land. But what – of anything – of great significance was excluded from the picture?