Eve Vincent and Tim Neale - Against Native Title and Wild Articulations - Friday 8th September

To be launched by Tess Lea

Eve Vincent, ‘Against Native Title’: Conflict and Creativity in Outback Australia.

‘Against native title’ is about a divisive native title claim in the outback town of Ceduna, where the claims process has thoroughly reorganised local Aboriginal identities over the course of the past decade. The central character in this story is senior Aboriginal woman Sue Haseldine, a self-styled charismatic rebel and master storyteller. Sue and her extended family have experienced native title as an unwelcome imposition: something that has emanated from the state and out of which they gained only enemies. They rail against the logic of native title while opposing the extensive mineral exploration underway in this region.

But this is not simply a tale of conflict. Threaded throughout is the story of a twice-yearly event called ‘rockhole recovery’; trips that involve numerous days of four-wheel drive travel to a series of permanent water sources and Dreaming sites. ‘Against native title’ captures the energy that fuels this unique, small-scale initiative. Through rockhole recovery Sue Haseldine and her family continue to care for, and maintain connections to country, outside of the native title process.  BUY THE BOOK

Timothy Neale, Wild Articulations: Environmentalism and Indigeneity in Northern Australia
In Wild Articulations, Timothy Neale examines environmentalism, indigeneity, and development in Northern Australia through the controversy surrounding the Wild Rivers Act 2005 (Qld) in Cape York Peninsula, an event that drew together a diverse cast of actors—traditional owners, prime ministers, politicians, environmentalists, mining companies, the late Steve Irwin, crocodiles, and river systems—to contest the future of the north. With a population of fewer than 18,000 people spread over a landmass of over 50,000 square miles, Cape York Peninsula remains a “frontier” in many senses. Long constructed as a wild space—whether as terra nullius, a zone of legal exception, or a biodiverse wilderness region in need of conservation—Australia’s north has seen two fundamental political changes over the past two decades. The first is the legal recognition of Indigenous land rights, reaching over a majority of its area. The second is that the region has been the center of national debates regarding the market integration and social normalization of Indigenous people, attracting the attention of federal and state governments and becoming a site for intensive neoliberal reforms. Drawing connections with other settler colonial nations such as Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand, Wild Articulations examines how indigenous lands continue to be imagined and governed as “wild.”    BUY THE BOOK


Date and time: Friday September 8th, 6pm for 6.30pm

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