Sorrow and the Dreaming: Deaths out of Custody in an Indigenous World

Peter Stewart
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An ethnography of a liminal community, the Pitjantjatjara people, Anangu, of Uluru and the wider Western Desert. Desert people have experienced colonial engagement largely without direct warfare or genocide. Using an interdisciplinary methodology this paper presents an ethnographic outline of the social history in relation to the use of inhalants,petrol sniffing by the emergence of a non-classical structure, youth culture. Social dysfunction or sorrow, exist in parallel to the maintenance of core values and practices of classical Pitjantjatjara society Tradition persists as evidenced in the maintenance of language and performance. Some imagery will be shown.

Keywords: Indigenous, Australia, Global Society, Communities in Nation States, Space, Social Environment, Cosmology
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Peter Stewart

Faculty Registrar and Doctoral candidate, School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, James Cook University

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Currently Peter Stewart is a post-Doctoral Anthropology student in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns North Queensland. He is also the Faculty Registrar for the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences. He has a long term research and project involvement with the Western Desert Pitjantjatjara society and is currently undertaking research and conducting field work in the Western Desert of Australia. Previously he held a lecturing position at the University of South Australia. He has a broad research background including work also a principle researcher for the Australian Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and as an Expert in Higher Education and minorities to the Council of Europe

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