Warlpiri warriors : Australian Rules Football in Central Australia

Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce and Campbell, Liam 2012, Warlpiri warriors : Australian Rules Football in Central Australia, Sport in society, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 965-974, doi: 10.1080/17430437.2012.723357.

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Title Warlpiri warriors : Australian Rules Football in Central Australia
Author(s) Hearn Mackinnon, BruceORCID iD for Hearn Mackinnon, Bruce orcid.org/0000-0003-1899-8457
Campbell, Liam
Journal name Sport in society
Volume number 15
Issue number 7
Start page 965
End page 974
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 1743-0437
Keyword(s) Australian Rules Football
importance of football
Summary Yuendumu, located in the Tanami desert of the Northern Territory, is home to the largest Warlpiri community in Australia. We examine the role of Australian Rules football in this remote Indigenous community. Football is seen to operate on many layers of Warlpiri culture, from the traditional game of ‘purlja’, the introduction of modern football in the 1950s, the growth of sports weekends, community football and the Alice Springs competition to the journey of Liam Jurrah, the first Warlpiri man to make the journey from being a desert footballer to emerging as an Australian Football League star. The importance of football in Yuendumu is revealed as a vehicle for social cohesion, group identity, pride and joy, and as an expression of manhood, enabling its young men to see themselves as modern-day Warlpiri warriors.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17430437.2012.723357
Field of Research 150404 Sport and Leisure Management
Socio Economic Objective 950102 Organised Sports
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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