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tribal vs. urban aborigines


In this movie, a lot is made of the distinction between tribal and urban aborigines, with several characters stating(incorrectly, as far as the story went) that the two categories are mutually exclusive.

Does this mean that, as far as conventional wisdom in Australia is concerned, urban aborigines never identify, even informally, with a tribe? And that they would retain almost no adherence to any tribal customs? Numerous times in the film, it was implied that it would be utterly foolish to think that city-dwelling aborigines would be engaged in any sort of tribal practices.

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"Does this mean that, as far as conventional wisdom in Australia is concerned, urban aborigines never identify, even informally, with a tribe?"

No!

"And that they would retain almost no adherence to any tribal customs?"

Probably no again. But it's generalising.

"Numerous times in the film, it was implied that it would be utterly foolish to think that city-dwelling aborigines would be engaged in any sort of tribal practices."

In Australia, as in certain other countries in the world with indigenous minorities, it is my understanding that in certain legal cases, the outcomes are sometimes influenced by how much the defendants actions may be influenced by tribal law, as was inferred by the barrister's telling of a particular case to David. This is arguably more likely to occur, as the barrister implies, with aboriginal people living in more remote areas of the country, not the big city.

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