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By Francesca Merlan

Caging the Rainbow explores the lives of Aborigines within the small local city of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Francesca Merlan combines ethnography and thought to grapple with matters surrounding the talk in regards to the authenticity of latest cultural job. all through, the vulnerability of Fourth global peoples to others' representations of them and the moral difficulties this poses are saved in view.

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Long of the Aborigines Inland Mission. During the war, an Aboriginal compound was established at the Donkey camp, a large pool in the Katherine River a bit farther downstream. At the end of the war, some Aborigines were still living at this army camp; some were also living on the river in the southwestern area of town, in an area that had been an army hospital. Aboriginal labor was used for clearing, planting, driving, various forms of crop testing, and experimentation; and, of course, where there was a white staff, there was also considerable demand for domestic labor, housekeeping, and child minding.

Eric was especially befriended 40 • chapter one by Flip Phillips, and older members of his family had been with Arndt in the early years of the camp. Eric had some schooling and could read and write. Along with Henry Brumby, he was regarded as an excellent truck and machinery driver. In Ted Morris’ words, Eric “looked like an ordinary town blackfella” (that is, unlike Soupy, who looked more striking and robust, a “bush blackfella”). He showed Ted Morris places in the limestone country around the town that his mother’s first husband had regarded as his own country.

The old people would generally spend first on some food and tobacco. ” I would take people to shop and would carry any amount of groceries, carefully sorted into personal piles as they saw fit in the back of my Land Rover. But I would not cart grog. I saw no other way of dealing with this without becoming subject to all sorts of further, related demands: to drink some on the way back, to go back for more when the bought supply was exhausted, and so on. (On the fortnightly pension day, the white Kalano bus would show up and take people to town for shopping; grog was forbidden on it, too.

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