When can a gift be rejected as worthless?

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“It’s easy for an ungrateful recipient to become unworthy of a gift, and conversely, a gift given without worthy intentions is one which can be rejected as worthless.” (p. 26)

Chris Healy on the ‘breastplates’ Australian Aboriginal people received from colonisers. He likens these plates to ‘chains’. The quote is from Healy’s passionately-written “Chained to their signs: remembering breastplates” (pp. 24-35), which is collected in Body Trade. The final paragraph of the essay moved me to tears.

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