Welcome to Centre for Native Title Anthropology


The CNTA is based in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU. It is funded from an Australian Government grant program through the Department of the Attorney General to deliver professional development to anthropologists working in the native title arena.

As of July 1 2021, Professor David Trigger replaced Emeritus Professor Nicolas Peterson as CNTA’s Director. In response to the ongoing challenges facing anthropologists in the Native Title sector, and the significant roles played by women anthropologists, CNTA has also appointed Ms Petronella Vaarzon-Morel as co-Director with Professor Trigger.

Dr Julie Finlayson will remain as the Centre’s Research Fellow.

Our sector encompasses primarily anthropologists employed by Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and Native Title Service Providers (NTSPs), as well as consultant anthropologists working as in native title.

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AnnMarie Volpe, CYLC

I’ve really enjoyed the CNTA virtual workshops, and I will definitely be keen to participate in future things online.

Courtney Boag, First Nations Legal & Research Services

Thank you for facilitating and fostering such a close and likeminded community of anthropologists, it’s lovely to be a part of something like the CNTA.

Diane Smith, CAEPR

The podcasts give a great wealth of advice and expertise offered to up and coming (and older) anthropologists!

Jodi Neale, Consultant Anthropologist

Just wanted to say that the Soundcloud innovation making all these presentations available to those off-site and online, as well as into the future is really great.

Joyce Gehr, CYLC

The workshops have been great! Definitely a highlight during this time. We were all really glad we could have them virtually. Having them spread out has also allowed the team to contemplate and consider ideas and have deeper discussions that might not have happened over a 2 day conference due to speaker saturation

Pascale Taplin, Research Manager, CYLC

I wanted to extend our thanks on behalf of the CYLC anthropology team for your presentation last week. My team has spoken of it several times since. We all learned different things and I think you pitched it just right for the audience.

Premila Foster, CLC

I highly recommend a guided Writing and Research placement to any new or experienced anthropologist who wants to inform their own practice and make sense of what they are doing from a wider academic standpoint.

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