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The 'society' at bora ceremonies a manifestation of a body of traditional law and custom in aboriginal Australia relevant to native title case law

Kenny, Anna-Maria


Anthropologists working on native title cases in Australia are commonly asked to identify the Aboriginal 'society' that holds the body of laws and customs that confer land ownership rights on certain groups of people. In this paper I investigate how the early documentation of bora initiation ceremonies is relevant to understanding contemporary Aboriginal societies and the normative laws and customs that give rise to rights and interests in land. The vast ethnographic oeuvre of R.H. Mathews...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceania


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