Does Mr Payton seriously believe that Australia would be the brilliant country that it now is if, at independence in 1901, it had been handed back to the Aboriginies
? It is beyond dispute that when we handed over our colonies in Africa, 50 years or so ago, to the tender mercies of local politicians, we left behind countries which were stable and self-reliant.
Anthropologists who have studied Australian Aboriginal culture are likely to classify as the Aboriginies
themselves do--track-reading, in its use for hunting animals, as a method but do not take its "portrait" aspect into consideration.
In reality, it commemorated the patronage of Sir Augustus d'Este, an active member of the Aboriginies
Protection Society and Queen Victoria's cousin.
Paddling on my back in the lake and looking up at the sky it's not hard to see why the Kabi Aboriginies
who once lived here chose to call the island "K'gari".
I should also note that in light of critical anthropology, a further criticism might be leveled against Elder's reference to Native American myth and Marshall's use of Australian aboriginies
as tropes for outlining ecocritical projects: Both authors reproduce an ideology of primitivism in which "we in the West have lost what they--the cultural other--still have....