Watson, Irene (2002) 'Buried Alive', Law and Critique, Kluwer Law International, vol. 13, pp. 253-269
18 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2002
Indigenous peoples struggle to survive the policies of the colonial states and their ability to annihilate, make invisible, destroy and re-construct our ancient identities. This is my story. I am an Indigenous women to the country known now as Australia. I write from the inside, about our law and life ways which are buried alive by a dominant colonising culture. The tale of terra nullius, its capacity to bury us and its own capacity to survive and go on burying us is told. It is a story which has a resonance beyond Australia, one that can be found throughout the world wherever there is struggle for the future of the planet, wherever there is struggle for diversity, and resistance to being consumed by corporate greed and complicit states. It is finally a story about hope for a way forward, and moving in a clear direction. A direction without illusion, one that braves the truth as to our future as diverse peoples of colour, laws and cultures, the bearers of generations to come.
Keywords: aboriginal law, colonialism, sovereignty
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