Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium International (APRCi)
 

Authors

Mitchell Rolls

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Journal

Journal of Australian Studies

Volume

33

Issue

1

First Page

19

Last Page

35

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443050802672494

Abstract

The representation of Aborigines in the popular Australian magazine Walkabout has attracted the attention of a small number of scholars. For the most part their analyses draw a distinction between the portrayals of primitive natives and those of the emergent modernising Australian nation. It is argued that Aborigines appear as debased, as noble savages, or as bearers of an idealised and imagined traditional culture. These representational strategies are evident in both photo- graphs and text in Walkabout. Whilst not necessarily disagreeing with these critiques, more nuanced readings of Aboriginal photographic representation in Walkabout are possible. This article seeks to reveal the potential for a more diverse and complex understanding of the images appearing throughout the 1930s.

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