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A positive unsettlement: the story of Sakshi Anmatyerre

Goldsmith, Ben (2000) A positive unsettlement: the story of Sakshi Anmatyerre. Griffith Law Review, 9(2), 321-333.

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Abstract

This article tells the story of the mass marketing on stationery of the work of an artist, Sakshi Anmatyerre, whose claims to an lndigenous heritage and to the authority to paint particular designs, totems and motifs were vigorously contested, leading to the withdrawal of the stationery from sale. The efforts made by the publisher, Steve Parish, to atone for the offence caused to the Anmatyerre people are detailed. The article illustrates some of the issues involved in the commodification and commercial exchange of lndigenous artistic or cultural work - or rather, work which relies upon lndigenous connections for its aesthetic and financial value. The story told in this article is enlightening for what it reveals about the state of unsettlement that characterises debate over the 'appropriate' commercial use of lndigenous intellectual and cultural property, for the ways in which it is possible to achieve restitution when an offence agalnst lndigenous law is alleged, and for the effects the process of seeking restitution has had on the business practices of one company.

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ID Code: 50361
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Aboriginal artists, Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal customary law, Anmatyerre people, Anmatyerre, Sakshi, Copyright, Dreamtime Ceiling (Mary McKillop Place, North Sydney), French, Farley Warren Patrick, Indigenous artworks, Parish, Steve (1945-)
ISSN: 1038-3441
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 16 May 2012 10:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2012 10:27

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