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The Hunters

  • Geoffrey Blainey

Abstract

Aboriginals travelled lightly, carrying few possessions, but our luggage is full of objects. Accordingly we tend to visualize the daily life of aboriginals mainly through the familiar objects which they manufactured. As curators of museums naturally prefer to display objects, and as a weapon is more likely to catch the imagination of spectators, weapons often typify our view of aboriginal society. Moreover they match our idea of a ‘savage society’.

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Sandy Beach Empty Shell Fish Trap Fishing Technique White Feather 
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