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Au nom du père et de la terre

Les Aborigènes aux prises avec le passé
Barbara Glowczewski
p. 409-430


In the Name of the Father and of the Land. Aboriginal People Coming to Grips with the Past. – Models of filiation and transmission of land that were proposed by Radcliffe-Brown and Elkin in the early 19th century constitute a political challenge in the current land applications for Native Title. The example of the Australian North West coast, homeland of groups who traditionally used the four sections system (Yawuru), or only exogamous patrimoities (Ngarinyin) or endogamous generation moities (Bardi), and adopted land of desert groups using the generation moieties with four sections (Mardu) or eight subsections (Mangala), allows to present some ethical and scientific questions that this situation generates for anthropologists.

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Bibliographical reference

Barbara Glowczewski, « Au nom du père et de la terre », L’Homme, 154-155 | 2000, 409-430.

Electronic reference

Barbara Glowczewski, « Au nom du père et de la terre », L’Homme [Online], 154-155 | avril-septembre 2000, Online since 18 May 2007, connection on 13 December 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/lhomme.40

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About the author

Barbara Glowczewski

CNRS, Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, Paris.

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