Thoughts on the ‘Law of the Land’ and the Persistence of Aboriginal Law in Australia

  • Wantarri Steve Jampijimpa Patrick
  • Mary Spiers Williams
Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)


Warlpiri people have lived in their homelands for countless generations. Western Europeans began to intrude into these places only a century ago. Since that first contact, kardiya have shot, poisoned, forcibly relocated, and enslaved yapa. They have imposed foreign ideas upon yapa, and despised yapa ways of being—ceremonies, language, relationships, connection to country, cosmology, and law (Reynolds 1987, 1989). Some Warlpiri call this ngurra-kurlu (Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu et al. 2008). It is the Warlpiri way of being, and order of things.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wantarri Steve Jampijimpa Patrick
    • 1
  • Mary Spiers Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Lajamanu Community Education CentreKatherineAustralia
  2. 2.ANU College of LawActonAustralia

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