Ethnomathematics in Australia

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It should be noted that by removing words, concepts, and structures from their Aboriginal context and putting them into a European box called 'mathematics', I have inevitably lost much of the full significance of their meaning and have certainly not done justice to the intricacy and complexity of the Yolngu world.

Michael Cooke, 'Seeing Yolgnu, Seeing Mathematics', Batchelor, N.T. 1990.