Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People

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Fremantle Art Centre Press, 2002 - Social Science - 260 pages

It was 1952 and the Spinifex People were about to meet white Australia.

The People of the Sun and Shadow, the Spinifex People, were cocooned within the Spinifex plains of the Western Desert, for hundreds of generations until shaken from their nomadic solitude by the atomic shock of Maralinga. When they returned to their homelands in the 1980s, after their displacement, they found the southern third of their country had been converted into a nature reserve, the northern third leased to Aboriginal people in the north and the centre deemed vacant Crown land. Pila Nguru is a detailed account, in words and artworks, of the culture and history of the Spinifex People, an almost invisible people in modern Australia.

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About the author (2002)

Scott Cane works as a consultant and is the coauthor of Land Use and Resources in Desert Homelands. He has written more than 90 reports and 25 published papers about Aboriginal cultural heritage, community life, and relations to land.

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