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Welcome to the Centre for Native Title Anthropology

Promoting professional practice and supporting career pathways for native title anthropologists

The Centre for Native Title Anthropology (CNTA) aims to enhance the practice of native title anthropology in Australia through a series of innovative programs and workshops for applied anthropologists. A unique collaboration between ANU and the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, CNTA activities are delivered with the support of the Institute of Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts (IPPHA) and the School of Archaeology & Anthropology, within the Research School of Humanities & the Arts (RSHA).

CNTA’s programs address an identified need to provide greater opportunities for early career  anthropologists to build the kinds of skills, academic confidence and professional networks that support quality native title research. Our core mission is to support career pathways for native title anthropologists by initiating and growing linkages between academic and applied practice.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with whom native title anthropologists work are crucial to development of appropriate native title research practice. CNTA is committed to including Indigenous perspectives in discussions concerning best practice, ethics and confidentiality in native title anthropology.


  • Presentations from Adding value and meaning to anthropological mapping in native title research, Canberra, 11-12 February 2013

Creating Cultural Heritage, Professor Nic Peterson

Visualising Contemporary Land Use, Andrew Fahey, Queensland South Native Title Services 


  • CNTA Occassional Seminar Series, Friday 30 November 2012:

Documenting Valuable Heritage or Documenting Heritage Values? Anthropology and Aboriginal Heritage Surveys in Western Australia Dr Bill Kruse - LISTEN HERE

  • Papers from CNTA Symposium, Anthropology in the Aftermath of Native Title, Perth 21 - 22 June, 2012:

Collaborative land use planning and development on Aboriginal settlements in Western Australia: A case study Simon Davis

Beyond the ‘Descent of Rights’: The Recognition of other Forms of Indigenous ‘Rights’ in the Context of Native Title Consent Determinations Dr Sandra Pannell

Statistics for Community Governance: The Yawuru Indigenous Population Survey of Broome, John Taylor ,Bruce Doran ,Maria Parriman and Eunice Yu, CAEPR Working Paper 82 / 2012.

  • Recommended Reading:

Dr Anna Kenny's paper, "The 'Society' at Bora Rings: A Manifestation of a Body of Traditional Law and Custom in Aboriginal Australia relevant to Native Title Case Law", Oceania, Vol. 82, No.2. OUT NOW.

Special Issue of Anthropological Forum "Native Title Research in Australian Anthropology", OUT NOW

  • HRC Seminar Series, 11 October 2011:

Washing in a cyclone, or a storm in a teacup?: Aboriginal engagement with the current Pilbara superboom, Dr Mary Edmunds - LISTEN HERE

  • CNTA Occasional Seminar 3, 16 September 2011:

Anthropology Pure and Profane: The Politics of Applied Research in Aboriginal Australia, Professor David Trigger, University of Queensland - LISTEN HERE

  • CNTA Occasional Seminar 5, 28 Oct 2011:

Passive Resistance and its Application to Native Title Claims, Dr Debbie Fletcher






Updated: 15 October 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSHA / Page Contact:  IPPHA administration