Mawul Rom project: openness, obligation and reconciliation

Brigg, Morgan J. and Tonnaer, Anke (2008) Mawul Rom project: openness, obligation and reconciliation. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2 2: 3-15.

Author Brigg, Morgan J.
Tonnaer, Anke
Title Mawul Rom project: openness, obligation and reconciliation
Journal name Australian Aboriginal Studies
ISSN 0729-4352
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 3
End page 15
Total pages 13
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Abstract Aboriginal Australian initiatives to restore balanced relationships with White Australians have recently become part of reconciliation efforts. This paper provides a contextualised report on one such initiative, the Mawul Rom crosscultural mediation project. Viewing Mawul Rom as a diplomatic venture in the lineage of adjustment and earlier Rom rituals raises questions about receptiveness, individual responsibility and the role of Indigenous ceremony in reconciliation efforts. Yolngu ceremonial leaders successfully draw participants into relationship and personally commit them to the tasks of cross-cultural advocacy and reconciliation. But Mawul Rom must also negotiate a paradox because emphasis on the cultural difference of ceremony risks increasing the very social distance that the ritual attempts to confront. Managing this tension will be a key challenge if Mawul Rom is to become an effective diplomatic mechanism for cross-cultural conflict resolution and reconciliation.
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