All around australia and overseas: Christianity and indigenous identities in central Australia 1988

Fred Myers

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses the themes and practices of Christian performance at the Western Desert Aboriginal community of Warlungurru in 1988,1 six years after the Pintupi return to their homelands (see Myers 1986; McMillan 1988; Nathan & Japanangka Leichleitner 1983) and the enthusiastic Christian revival-nightly Gospel singing, a ban on gambling-experienced in the first years of their return. My concern is with how a distinctively Lutheran focus in Pintupi Christianity (in opposition to competing Pentecostal orientations in Central Australia at that time) was grasped by some Pintupi as a structure organising relations between Indigenous people and others in the world, and how specialised knowledge constituted positions of prestige and authority. Thus, I explore certain convergences between prior Indigenous formulations of personhood and relatedness and the way in which Lutheran Christianity was articulated during this period.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)110-128
    Number of pages19
    JournalAustralian Journal of Anthropology
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology

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