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Rolls, M (2003) Black is not Green. Australian Studies, 18 (1). pp. 41-65. ISSN 0954-0954

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Abstract

This paper critiques the notion that Aborigines purposefully are the consummate environmentalists that many, both Aborigines and others, claim them to be. It argues that such an understanding is a misrepresentation of Aboriginal cosmologies and ways of relating to country. It explains how the more traditional ways of relating to country still in evidence correspond with more recent theoretical developments in ecological science. Those that pose Aborigines as Ecological Beings manipulate superseded understandings of ecosystems. Noting the extent of environmental change to Australia post-1788, the article concludes that posing Aborigines as environmentalists ignores the structural causes of environmental change, as well as ignoring the interrelationships between epistemologies and the practices they sanction.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Studies
Page Range: pp. 41-65
ISSN: 0954-0954
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2008 23:39
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2009 22:08
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/3650
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