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Noongar People Noongar Land

The Resilience of Aboriginal Culture in the South West of Western Australia

Kingsley Palmer

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This book, Noongar people, Noongar land, arose from the protracted struggle of the Indigenous Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia to gain recognition of their native titl read more

This book, Noongar people, Noongar land, arose from the protracted struggle of the Indigenous Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia to gain recognition of their native title rights and interests under the Australian federal government's Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA).

Based on the expert anthropological report for the Noongar people's native title claim, known as the 'Single Noongar Claim', it is a collective account of Noongar people's relationships with each other and the country to which they remain connected.

The Noongar people who informed the content of this book, some of whom have not survived to see its publication, bear witness to the continuing vibrancy of Noongar tradition.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 230mm x 155mm x 17mm
  • 266pp
  • Released July 2016
  • ISBN 9781922102294

About The Author

Kingsley Palmer is an anthropologist who has worked in many areas of Aboriginal Australia. He was Director of Research (1985-94) and Deputy Principal (1994-2001) of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and oversaw the development of the Institute’s current premises on the Acton Peninsula.  He is now a private anthropological consultant. Kingsley has been involved in numerous native title claims, has authored expert anthropological reports, participated in conferences of experts and given evidence in the Federal Court.

Kingsley undertook the anthropological research for the Timber Creek native title compensation case which was appealed to the High Court of Australia and established the rights of Indigenous Australians to gain compensation for cultural loss with respect to rights extinguished in certain circumstances.  He has conducted anthropological research and provided expert evidence on matters including cases brought in relation to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory), criminal trials and has undertaken research on social impacts, community planning and management. Kingsley has written numerous articles and books based on his anthropological research.

He published a revised version of his expert report prepared for the combined Noongar native title application, Noongar People, Noongar Land (2016) and Australian Native Title Anthropology (2018).

About The Cover

Front cover images: Each of the six photographs on the front cover shows an important place within the six main regions of Noongar country. These places have been of significance to Noongar people since kura (a long time ago), continue to be so yeye (today) and will be important boorda (tomorrow) and into the boordawan (future). Top (from left): Whadjuk country- Floating sculptures on Dyarlgaroo beelya ( the Canning River) show the contemporary artistic cultural expression of Noongar artists; Yued country- Sunset at Mogumber, site of the Moore River Native Settlement; Gnaala Karla Booja country- Minningup (on the Collie River), a place of mythological and spiritual significance for Noongar people. Bottom (from left): South West Boojarah country- Nannup Cave, Caves Road, Boranup Karri Forest; Ballardong country- Wave Rock, an iconic feature for Noongar people, a part of their natural and cultural geography, serving as a ceremonial meeting place; Wagl Kaip/Southern Noonger country- Sleeping Beauty (Stirling Ranges), the outline of the mahy peaks of the ranges illustrates and testifies to one of many Noongar Dreaming stories handed down through the generations. Photographs courtesy SWALSC. Captions by Sarah Bell and Sandra Harben, SWALC.

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