marcia langton’s wilderness

November 14, 2006 at 6:51 am (aboriginal, anti-oppression)

In a celebrated critique of the white Australian concept of “wilderness”, Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton has said that this denial of the occupation of such landscapes by the indigenous people for thousands of years represents a continuation of the terra nullius myth that was used to justify a ruthless pattern of colonisation. The conceptual separation of bush that should be preserved from human culture is, hence, a legacy of colonialism or, if you like, a frontier mentality.

…but it is just so natural…


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