By Francesca Merlan
Caging the Rainbow explores the lives of Aborigines within the small nearby city of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Francesca Merlan combines ethnography and concept to grapple with concerns surrounding the controversy concerning the authenticity of up to date cultural task. all through, the vulnerability of Fourth international peoples to others' representations of them and the moral difficulties this poses are stored in view.
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Extra resources for Caging the Rainbow: Places, Politics, and Aborigines in a North Australian Town
The day was fast approaching when housing and other provisions for these people around the town would have to be given serious consideration, despite the evident reluctance of many townspeople. Steven Watson was a charter member of Kalano Association which, when formed in 1974, had among its principal aims the acquisition of residential property, planning of housing, and provision of alcohol rehabilitation. In the late 1960s, one Aboriginal CSIRO family had been considered responsible enough to be let an ordinary, European-style house in Stutterd Street, in the southern sector of Katherine town just off the road that winds near the river (map 3).
By the Second World War, people who considered themselves War- 36 • chapter one daman, from farther south around Willeroo and Delamere, predominated at Manbulloo. The small remaining number of people recognized as Dagoman were their co-residents and consociates at Manbulloo and around Katherine town. Among these railway workers were a number of Russians, some of whom later settled around Katherine, taking up rural blocks and developing peanut farms. On the river south and west of the town, several locations are thought of by Aborigines in terms of their associations with Russians.
Several days after Jimmy’s death, Soupy died; some who were close to him say he poisoned himself in his anguish. Ted Morris observed, “When Soupy died, it [the camp] disintegrated. ” After Soupy’s death, some camp members left and went to Bamyili settlement (see map 1). For some time before this, a white man named Peter Lewis, who worked with underprivileged (including Aboriginal) children in town, had taken camp residents out for weekends on one of the CSIRO trucks. It had become especially important to women and children to go out, away from town, after the grog had begun to preoccupy and consume their men.