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"A Transfer of Power" is a short documentary film depicting the routine life on Collum Collum cattle-station in

northern New South Wales, Australia. The main informant for this film is named Sunny Bancroft, an Aboriginal man who worked closely with the anthropologists David and Judith McDougall on several ethnographic projects in the late 1980s. This particular film deals with what would seem a mundane job - replacing a worn out engine from one car with a refurbished engine from another car. What is interesting here is the tacit cultural connections on display between Sunny and his relations, what happens when "bush mechanic" draws on his kinship ties as a way to get the job done? 

A. Write two paragraphs as an anthropologist making field observations of this process might, telling what you observe and how it relates to the different categories of kinship organization we discussed in Chapter 6 of your textbook. 

B. Why do you think Sunny decides to call on these connections and obligations owed by his relations? 

C. Why is that important for the continued success of the community and not just the outcome of this particular project? Transfer of power documentary

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