PART ONE – GOOD FAITH AND BAD FAITH REPRESENTATIONS
The denial of a form of sovereignty of Australia’s First Peoples by British colonial powers seeking to solve their own pressing social problems may prove to be a key factor in why Australian anthropology was dominated, during the 20th century, by simple-minded conceptions of First Peoples realities.
“Local descent groups”, in relation to Australia’s original peoples, are the creation of modern Western minds. These modern anthropological models and their statutory cousin have no objective correlate in the lived practices of those original peoples.
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