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Demonstrating Indigenous Land Tenure in Residency, Marriage and Descent Patterns in South-Eastern Australia

James Rose

Kinship & Computing | musée du quai Branly, Paris | Published : 2008

Abstract

Through its continued commitment to the development of the Native Title Act (1993), the Australian federal government has indicated a willingness to recognise systematic Indigenous land tenure where it can be demonstrated to exist. This legislative approach demands that in order for such land tenure to properly articulate with national economic and legal frameworks, the relationships between affected land and groups claiming rights in that land must be clearly and concisely described. So far recognition has been limited by out-dated and ambiguous conceptions of apical ancestor cognation and knowledge-based territorial affiliation. Using large-scale genealogies, relational database technology..

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