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Scott Cane

Scott Cane was born in 1954 and grew up in southern Tasmania before moving to Canberra to study at The Australian National University. There he completed his PhD examining the relationship between human behaviour and material culture among Ngarti and Kukatja people living in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. He works as a consultant having co-authored a monograph with economist Owen Stanley, Land Use and Resources in Desert Homelands, and has written over ninety reports and twenty-five published papers about Aboriginal cultural heritage, community life and relations to land. This long-standing interest in Aboriginal people, their culture and heritage led to Scott’s involvement with the Spinifex People of the Great Victoria Desert in 1992 and, in turn, to the documentation and definition of their customary land tenure and the recognition of their native title.

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