By Francesca Merlan
Caging the Rainbow explores the lives of Aborigines within the small neighborhood city of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. Francesca Merlan combines ethnography and thought to grapple with matters surrounding the controversy concerning the authenticity of latest 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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There had been an Aboriginal camp on Manbulloo until 1974, when the last few people had been removed by the manager of Vesteys, the British company that held the property. Manbulloo was operating at low levels by then as a cattle property, and the Aborigines on the station were now seen as a problem rather than a labor pool. No longer welcome there by 1977, Wardaman people moved to a number of places in town, especially to the High Level, as well as to a new site, called Bunjarri,10 on Manbulloo.
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.
For a long period Delamere and Willeroo, together with Manbulloo Station, which had been established on the river near the growing town of Katherine, were owned by a single British company,Vestey’s, with the result that Aboriginal workers were shifted around over the larger company area as work required. Some workers were also brought to these properties from further afield, many from the Victoria River Downs and Wave Hill Stations (see map 1). By the Second World War, people who considered themselves War- 36 • chapter one daman, from farther south around Willeroo and Delamere, predominated at Manbulloo.
Caging the Rainbow: Places, Politics, and Aborigines in a North Australian Town by Francesca Merlan