Is the aboriginal landscape sentient? Animism, the new animism and the Warlpiri

Nicolas Peterson*

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    Abstract

    It is now commonplace for some anthropologists, and others, to say that for Aboriginal Australians in the remote regions, the landscape is 'sentient', however, what that means is not always clear. Are the anthropologists using this term metaphorically or do they understand Aboriginal people to be animists? The 'new animists' have no doubt that the anthropologists are describing what they call the 'new animism'. Much of this literature refers to the Warlpiri or their near neighbours. Here I examine the evidence for whether Warlpiri speakers are animists.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-179
    Number of pages13
    JournalOceania
    Volume81
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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