Restoring the Chain of Memory - T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge - James L. Cox
James L. Cox [+]
University of Edinburgh and Western Sydney University
The Preface sets out the aims of the book, the outline of chapters and then discusses particularly sensitive issues raised by an outside researcher writing about Australian Indigenous peoples, their culture and the current repatriation of knowledge project being undertaken in Central Australia. A point of importance relates to how secret knowledge, traditionally available only to initiated men, is treated in the book. Reasons are provided in support of the author’s decision to introduce into contemporary studies a description and analysis of the writings of T.G.H. Strehlow on the myths, ceremonies and social structure of Arrernte religion and culture.