By Melinda Hinkson, Jeremy Beckett

The paintings of well known Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner is given old and analytical context during this selection of contributions from a few of Australia’s top teachers within the box of Aboriginal experiences. informed by means of pioneers of anthropology, together with Bronislaw Malinowski, Stanner undertook paintings in Australia, Africa, and the Pacific, and helped to notify public understandings of Aboriginal ideals and faith, in addition to federal coverage in the direction of them. Demonstrating the ongoing relevance of his paintings in gentle of present debates on Aboriginal affairs, this exam is a reminder of the numerous impact Stanner had not just on social technological know-how yet at the complete global.

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29). Nor did the CAA propose self-determination or anything similar as a new driving policy concept. , p. 31). Pan-Aboriginalist politics emerging from the metropolitan centres of 12 On the life and legacy of WEH Stanner south-eastern Australia were rejected by those in the remote north. , pp. 28, 93). , pp. 27, 91). e. that Aborigines be allowed and helped to adapt freely of their own requirements and circumstances such white Australian practices as they consider to be of value to them (Coombs & Stanner 1974, p.

36, Oceania Publications, Sydney, pp. i–xviii. Morphy, H 1988 ‘The resurrection of the Hydra: twenty-five years of research on Aboriginal religion’, in RM Berndt & R Tonkinson (eds), Social anthropology and 20 On the life and legacy of WEH Stanner Aboriginal studies: a contemporary overview, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, pp. 239-66. Pearson, N 1987, ‘Anthropology and tradition: a contemporary Aboriginal viewpoint’, unpublished paper (presented by Mervyn Gibson) at the Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Conference, Townsville, 1987.

Stanner’s views were not based on anthropological research and evidence. Although Stanner had undertaken no field research on the conditions and 35 Geoffrey Gray Studio portrait of VX89030 Major William Edward Hanley Stanner, 2/1st North Australia Observer Unit (NAOU), c. 1942. 001. treatment of New Guinean labour before or during the war, he ‘endorsed the army’s policy of placing war needs ahead of native interests’ (Powell 2003, p. 196). ). Hogbin went so far as to suggest that ANGAU was ‘losing standing in the people’s eyes by itself engaging in any form of recruiting’ (Hogbin, 1944), but Stanner questioned the objectivity of Hogbin’s report (see also Powell 2003, pp.

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