Kuruwarri jungarni: “straight Law”. The negotiation of traditional land tenure in response to mining royalties in the Central Desert.
Between 1990 and 1994 the peoples of the Tanami Desert in Central Australia registered their first royalty receiving corporations. The ensuing flow of significant amounts of money was the latest change in a century of radical changes. Ever adaptable, Traditional Law adjusted and since that time Traditional Owners and anthropologists from the Central Land Council have conducted detailed land tenure research to determine who is “on the list”. Understandings of who is eligible for royalty payments is a complex, socially mediated, and sometimes fiercely debated interpretation of Traditional Law. This seminar draws on 25 years of research to show the principles of land tenure evident in the membership of the Northern Tanami Aboriginal Corporations.
About the Presenter
Dr Miles Holmes is a social anthropologist who works with Aboriginal language groups throughout Australia. He consults in the areas of heritage, cultural land management, community development, land tenure and governance. This seminar is based on 15 years’ experience working closely with the Indigenous peoples of the Northern Territory to determine Traditional Ownership of land in applied situations such as mining, development and other contemporary usages. In this region he has worked as a staff anthropologist for the Central Land Council and as a private consultant.