I agree with Ralph Folds. For example, Yolngu practices in …

Comment on Blackfellers buggering around whitefellers, where’s the off button? by Kerin Coulehan.

I agree with Ralph Folds. For example, Yolngu practices in gurrutu (everyday kinship) and baparru (clan organisation for ceremonies) [loosely translated] are time honoured and resilient. This is Aboriginal governance at work not just a stubborn resistance / reaction to whitefellas. Whitefellas keep changing the rules of engagement, then find the resultant confusion to be Aboriginal resistance.
Yet Gerritsen’s argument, particularly Zoellner’s diagrams are compelling. A chronic failure of governments to provide practical education and meaningful job opportunities undermines the credibility and sustainability of white interventions and the evolution of Aboriginal family / clan governance.

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