The government's religious business on Hindmarsh Island

Mortensen, Reid (1995) The government's religious business on Hindmarsh Island. Australia and World Affairs, 26. pp. 53-55. ISSN 1033-6192


Since mid-l994, the 'secret women's business' of the Ngarrendjeri people, a tribe of South Australian
aborigines, has occupied a central position in public debate and political controversy in Australia. Ngarrendjeri
women have claimed. that Hindmarsh (Kumarangk) Island, about 60 kilometres south of Adelaide, is a place
of spiritual significance and important to the physical reproduction of the tribe. Little more is known about these beliefs because it is also claimed that they cannot be disclosed to men, and therefore the general public. But, whilst resisting the public disclosure of the women's business,Ngarrendjeri have opposed the building of a bridge approved by the South Australian Government - which would link Hindmarsh Island to the mainland, on the basis that the development would be a desecration of a spiritually significant area.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Council for the National Interest.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 00:13
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 00:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hindmarsh Island; government; Ngarrendjeri
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law

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