Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-231) and index.
Part I. Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century accounts of Noongar culture -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Aboriginal society of the South West -- 3. Relationships to land -- 4. Social organisation and kinship -- 5. Religious beliefs and practices in the South West -- 6. Authority and disputes -- 7. Early accounts of Noongar culture: conclusion -- 8. Overview of contemporary accounts of Noongar society -- Part II. Noongar laws and customs and rights to country -- 9. The claimant community -- 10. Noongar culture -- 11. Rights to land -- 12. Boundaries, permission, rights and duties -- 13. Continuity of connection: economic and spiritual connection with the country -- 14. Relationship to the sea -- 15. Conclusion: continuity, Noongar laws, customs and rights to country -- Appendix A. Acknowledgment to claimants -- Appendix B. Research design -- Appendix C. Single Noongar Claim (SNC) observation pro forma.
This book is based on the expert anthropological report for the Noongar people's native title claim entitled "Single Noongar Native Title Claim (W6006 of 2003 & W6012 of 2003): anthropologist's report". The report was filed in the Federal Court of Australia in 2004.