By Melinda Hinkson, Jeremy Beckett

The paintings of popular Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner is given old and analytical context during this choice of contributions from a few of Australia’s best lecturers within the box of Aboriginal stories. proficient via 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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11 In some sense self-determination — at least at the level of its articulated goals — might be understood as the culmination of a process that Stanner worked tirelessly in support of, most prominently in collaboration with his fellow members of the CAA. In considering Stanner’s legacy in the present it thus seems important to ask why, when self-determination is being widely proclaimed as a failure, Stanner’s words continue to command attention? How have his writings managed to transcend the terms of these debates?

Conlon prepared an interim report on the problem of civilian morale for submission to the prime minister, John Curtin (NAA A1608/1, AK 29/1/2, 4 April 1942). Stanner no doubt was provided with a copy in his capacity as adviser to the Minister for the Army, Frank Forde. Conlon, impressed with Stanner’s critique of the draft report (MS 3752, item 68, most likely written in April 1942) arranged his appointment. Conlon preferred to influence events from behind the scenes and is variously described as a ‘charismatic charlatan’ (Manne 1999, p.

89). 13 He enlists Stanner’s words in support of his campaign to encourage Aboriginal communities to actively undertake forms of cultural redevelopment: 14 On the life and legacy of WEH Stanner Bill Stanner and participants of the SAS ‘Long Vigil’ exercise, north Australia, July 1977. Photographer unknown, ANUA 225/11 73/3. The social situation of many Aborigines will change with rapidity over the next decade. Many will die wealthy, in possession of money or other assets for which their traditional law provides no disposal procedure.

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