One would have to say that in general the Lutheran …

Comment on Hermannsburg Mission: questions of survival by James.

One would have to say that in general the Lutheran missionaries who first came to Hermannsburg in 1877, given the era, were enlightened.
There were things done to suppress Aranda culture, which were perceived to some extent to be contrary to Christian teaching rightly or wrongly.
However, the Lutherans appreciated many aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture, especially the language.
Language is often said to be the core of any culture.
It was this attention to language by the Lutherans that contributed to the Aranda language not being lost.
In fact in the 1950s T G H Strehlow with the assistance of Aboriginal elders translated the Bible into Aranda.
As well the Lutherans encouraged the preservation of traditional crafts which has lasted.
When pastoralists wanted to acquire Hermannsburg land they were opposed by Pastor F W Albrect who saw such a presence as damaging to the mission and to Aboriginal culture.

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