Dingo makes us human: life and land in an Australian Aboriginal culture

Deborah Bird Rose

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This original ethnography brings indigenous people’s stories into conversations around troubling questions of social justice and environmental care. Deborah Bird Rose lived for two years with the Yarralin community in the Northern Territory’s remote Victoria River Valley. Her engagement with the people’s stories and their action in the world leads her to this analysis of a multi-centred poetics of life and land. The book speaks to issues that are of immediate and broad concern today: traditional ecological knowledge, kinship between humans and other living things, colonising history, environmental history, and sacred geography. Now in paperback, this award-winning exploration of the Yarralin people is available to a whole new readership. The boldly direct and personal approach will be illuminating and accessible to general readers, while also of great value to experienced anthropologists. This is 3rd reprint published in 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOakleigh, Vic
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages249
ISBN (Print)0521794846
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Aboriginal Australians--Northern Territory--Yarralin--Social conditions
  • Aboriginal Australian--Northern Territory--Yarralin--Religion
  • Aboriginal Australians--Northern Territory--Yarralin--Land tenure


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