Mapping Territories

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Jurisprudence of Jurisdiction, 2007, 1, pp. 137 - 158
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Picture two images, both of a native title claim area. The first is a map of the claim area, demarcated by latitude and longitude. The areas that cannot be claimed are marked with hatching. There are Crown reservation numbers, and a scale in kilometres - in fact, all the things we expect in a tenure map. I The other image is a painting on canvas, in a form that westerners have labelled 'dot painting'. Yet both address similar concerns, albeit expressed through different cultural lenses: in Western legal terms, jurisdiction, territory and ownership; for the Pila Nguru - the creators of the painting - the Tjukurrpa.
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