Reflections on a meeting: Structure, language, and the polity in a small-scale society

Fred R. Myers

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    Abstract

    In May 1981, a critical meeting took place at Papunya, an Aboriginal community in Australia’s Northern Territory. The participants included members of the Aboriginal Village Council of Papunya and Pintupi Aborigines from the surrounding outstation communities. These groups had disputed the use of a truck that had been granted by the government to the outstations but funded legally through the administrative mechanism of the Papunya Council (incorporated as Lyappa Congress). Miffed by Papunya control of resources vital to their autonomy, the Pin tu pi, among themselves, had discussed intensively their desire to have their funding separated from Papunya administration.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Matrix of Language
    Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Linguistic Anthropology
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Pages234-257
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429964831
    ISBN (Print)9780813323206
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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