Returning to that which was never lost: Indigenous Australian saltwater identities, a history of land claims and the paradox of return

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Abstract

In this paper I explore the kincentric ecologies that define sea country for Indigenous Australians, in particular the Yanyuwa of Northern Australia. Despite colonial alienation from their coastal territories, Yanyuwa have sustained a four-decade long legal fight for restitution. Using the framework of ‘urgent patience’ as resistance against ‘social death’, this paper tracks the historical legacy of legislative land rights for saltwater peoples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-203
Number of pages20
JournalHistory and Anthropology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Indigenous Australia
  • history and land rights
  • urgent patience
  • cultural wounding
  • place and the sea

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