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Why old theories on Indigenous counting just won’t go away

My Australian-educated friends tell me they were taught at school that all Aboriginal people only counted one, two, three, four and 'many' ... there is abundant evidence of complex Aboriginal number systems extending to high numbers.
 
So why do some people believe the generalised view that all Aboriginal people can't count beyond four when there is abundant evidence to the contrary?
 

'Star Stories of The Dreaming' - Canberra Premiere

Star Stories of the Dreaming - Canberra premiere

MEDIA ALERT: Details on the Canberra Premiere of 'Star Stories of The Dreaming' will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1st June 2016 at the Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Action, ACT
In the lead up to the Canberra premiere of Star Stories of the Dreaming Ghillar Michael Anderson Euahlayi Lawman and knowledge holder speaks briefly about the associated Law. [node:read-more:link]

Proposed development at Deebing Creek mission site would 'destroy our people'

Winyirin (Dooley) Bin Bin the Travelling Lawman who coordinated his countrymen on a pastoral strike from 1942 to 1946

Dooley Bin Bin - Pilbara Strike

The Aboriginal Pilbara Strike.

At the meeting of tribal leaders Winyirin Bin Bin was nominated, in his absence, to work with a non-Aboriginal social reformer, Don McLeod, as a representative of the inland’s Aborigines.

'Dooley' and his kinsman Clancy McKenna sought a minimum wage of thirty shillings per week for Aboriginal station-hands and planned a mass withdrawal of labour if the request were refused. [node:read-more:link]

A search for ancestors leads to the most infamous leader of Aboriginal Massacres

PS: The McMillan electorate was renamed in 2016

Angus McMillan, a Scottish Highlander was credited with founding Gippsland in Victoria by leading hunting parties to track down and massacre groups of First Nations people. He became a hero in Vic and NSW, and is still seen as a heroic explorer. Here is a sample of plaques, monuments and statues made in his honour.

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