locating ethnographic practice: romance, reality, and politics in the outback: “first contact”

Fred Myers

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the contest over the meaning of the appearance of previously uncontacted Pintupi Aborigines in late 1984, arguing that an important site of Pintupi social action is transaction with the outside and their struggle to define their own framework of understanding. The event was interpreted by varying “audiences” in terms of their differing motivations and favored conventions for representing the Aborigine. I analyze my role as ethnographer, scientist, advocate, and academic and the use of ethnographic knowledge in mediating these competing discourses. 1988 American Anthropological Association

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)609-624
    Number of pages16
    JournalAmerican Ethnologist
    Volume15
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1988

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology

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