By Diane J. Austin-Broos

The Arrernte humans of relevant Australia first encountered Europeans within the 1860s as teams of explorers, pastoralists, missionaries, and workers invaded their land. in the course of that point the Arrernte have been the topic of excessive interest, and the earliest bills in their lives, ideals, and traditions have been a seminal effect on eu notions of the primitive. the 1st examine to handle the Arrernte’s modern state of affairs, Arrernte current, Arrernte Past additionally files the vast sociocultural alterations they've got skilled over the last hundred years.

Employing ethnographic and archival examine, Diane Austin-Broos strains the historical past of the Arrernte as they've got transitioned from a society of hunter-gatherers to contributors of the Hermannsburg challenge neighborhood to their current, marginalized place within the smooth Australian economic climate. whereas she concludes that those wrenching structural shifts resulted in the violence that now marks Arrernte groups, she additionally brings to gentle the strong acts of mind's eye that experience sustained a continuous experience of Arrernte identity.

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