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The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition



The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition

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Electronic publication of papers from the AIATSIS Indigenous Studies Conference, September 2001


Ward, Graeme; Muckle, Adrian G.

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT




"This Web publication brings together nine papers from Conference2001. A further sixteen papers have been selected for publication in book form (Taylor et al in press). The various papers in this online collection help bring into focus the twin themes of the conference; they explore the importance of place and tradition in contemporary society; and they examine the politics and processes associated with acquiring or sharing knowledge and the ethical development of new knowledge. Recognition of Indigenous community knowledge holders and partnerships or collaborations between researchers and representatives of Indigenous communities underpin most of these contributions. Collectively, they draw attention to the interpersonal dimension of education and research." - Page 1


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this publication may contain names and images of deceased persons.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Introduction: Papers from AIATSIS Conference 2001 : electronic publication -- From welfare to treaty : reviewing fifty years of Aboriginal policy and practice / Colin Tatz -- Meriam sea rights and the resonance of tradition: why we Meriam people want sea rights and Echoes of the sea and the resonance of tradition / Noni Sharp -- Ancestral precedent as creative inspiration : the influence of Soft Sands on popular song composition in Arnhem Land -- Changing people: experiences from teaching and learning about Indigenous issues in environmental management / Jocelyn Davies -- Conflagrations: the culture, ecology and politics of landscape burning the north Kimberley / David Bowman and Tom Vigilante -- Development of cultural indicators for the management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area / Dermot Smyth and Claude Beeron -- Political theory between two traditions: ethical challenges and one possibility / Morgan Brigg -- "Do you want to delete this?" : hidden histories and hidden landscapes in the Murchison and Davenport ranges, Northern Territory, Australia / Nicholas Gill, Alastair Peterson and M. J. Kennedy -- Returning Indigenous knowledge in central Australia: "this CD-ROM brings everybody to the mind" / Barbara Glowczewski.




Environment; Music; Resource management; Land management; socioeconomic conditions; Social organisation

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Place of publication

Canberra (A.C.T.)


154 pages : colour illustrations, maps (some colour), colour portraits

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