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Confusion Between Cultures - Case Studies

Confusion over law

An information paper by ARDS Inc. illustrating some of the ways that Yolngu traditional Indigenous law was been misrepresented and misunderstood in a significant legal case that was brought before the courts in 1970 - Milirrpum and Others versus Nabalco Pty Ltd and the Commonwealth of Australia. It also provides an insight to aspects of native title and land rights in Australia
© 1993 ARDS inc.


It's Not a 'Curse', but a Proclamation

A classic case of the cultural assumptions of the dominant culture leading to a profound misunderstanding. As so often happens, something which has a good purpose within Aboriginal culture is named profane by Balanda with serious impacts upon the Indigenous group. This is an information paper provided by ARDS Inc. © 1995 ARDS


Yolngu Law and Euthanasia

This a summary of the case against euthanasia from the perspective of Yolngu Law as was presented to the NT High Court in 1996. It is an example of traditional Indigenous law in context. It also speaks about a number of other concerns some Aboriginal people have with the western Medical system. This information paper is published by ARDS Inc. © 1996 Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra


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Why Warriors Lie Down and Die

Why Warriors Lie Down and Die - Book Cover

“Many books have been written about the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land (NT Australia). This one is very different. It speaks of about the real situation that we face every day, a reality that is hard for people of another culture to imagine.”

Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra
Clan Elder