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Irruptions of the Dreamings in Post-Colonial Australia

Basil Sansom
Oceania
Vol. 72, No. 1 (Sep., 2001), pp. 1-32
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40332093
Page Count: 32
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Irruptions of the Dreamings in Post-Colonial Australia
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Abstract

This essay is written round four 'funny stories' from Northern Australia. Metamorphosis instigated by a Dreaming is central to all four stories and this is why the stories are counted as 'funny,' and received with glee. The analysis illuminates a topic that has been attracting attention in recent contributions to Aboriginal ethnography: how Dreamings irrupt into contemporary histories and act in ways that have political significance, contesting whitefella paradigms and re-asserting the world-view of the original Australians.

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