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offsider

(ˌɒfˈsaɪdə)
n
Austral and NZ a partner or assistant
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Ably captained by one of the locals, Sam, and assisted by his two offsiders Caleb and Nick, we managed to paddle in our assigned canoe some three to four kilometres upstream for the traditional welcoming ceremony held in the waters outside Science World in central Vancouver.
A few highly-skilled Banbai men worked full-time as stockmen, shepherds, drovers and bullockies' offsiders and several others were employed seasonally during spring and early summer as lambers, sheep-washers, shed-hands, harvesters, threshers and bark-collectors.
The offsiders have an interest in promoting a Dreaming's tendance and in forcing or, at least, encouraging the totemite to religious observance.
The inattention of its own inheritors makes a Dreaming cranky (self-interest does not impel its inheritors to serve it); the necessity for those not its own to ensure a Dreaming's perpetuation makes a Dreaming friendly towards the offsiders but 'worried' in relation to its inheritors who (as religion bas it) are the only people who can (with assistance) give the Dreaming that proper service which will ensure its own continuance.
Offsiders have a secular and direct responsibility to the owners they work for.
Beginning with initiation, ceremonial participation causes the receptive totemite to enter into long-term functional relationship with a number of specific offsiders and their successors.
There is a complementary string of exchange relationships that link owners and offsiders both as trading partners in secular dealings and as potential allies in local politics.
This argument is so often reprised, so familiar to us from its endless recitation by our pragmatic, 'realist' leaders and their echolalic offsiders in the media, that its recycling here, once again, both agitates and numbs.
When an achiever of GP dies, the ties that once joined others to this nodal character (located on his clan estate with wives, children while offsiders orbit about him) all drop away.
In other words, Aboriginal people involved in these managerial partnerships were not only 'leasing' their Aboriginality to their non-Aboriginal offsiders but also to the governmental machinery that facilitated the project of Aboriginal self-determination.
One could say that through these arrangements, the Aboriginal partner 'empowered' his non-Aboriginal offsider to work on behalf of the Aboriginal community.
Of course, the Aboriginal individual involved in such partnerships would also have to be prepared to provide his or her authorisation to their non-Aboriginal offsider.