Dr Peter Sutton

Dr Peter Sutton
 Position Senior Research Fellow
 Org Unit Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 Email peter.sutton@samuseum.sa.gov.au
 Telephone +61 8 8207 7618
 Location South Australian Museum ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Peter Sutton is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (School of Earth & Environmental Sciences) and the South Australian Museum. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


    Peter is an anthropologist and linguist who has lived and worked with Aboriginal people in remote areas of Cape York Peninsula and the Northern Territory, but also in urban and rural centres, since 1969. He has assisted with over fifty indigenous land claim cases in many different parts of Australia since 1979, and has worked with the last speakers of a number of endangered languages in Cape York Peninsula.


    Peter is an author or editor of thirteen books and has published around 200 academic and other papers, mainly in the fields of Aboriginal languages, land tenure, art, history and indigenous policy. His books include Languages of Cape York (ed. 1976), Art and Land: Aboriginal Sculptures of the Lake Eyre Region (with P Jones 1986), Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia (ed., 1988), Wik-Ngathan Dictionary (1995), Country: Aboriginal Boundaries and Land Ownership in Australia (1995), Native Title in Australia: an Ethnographic Perspective (2003), and The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the end of the Liberal Consensus (2009).

  • Publications

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