Origins of Australian Indigenous Knowledge

Tidemann, Sonia (2005) Origins of Australian Indigenous Knowledge. The International Journal of the Humanities, 3 (9). pp. 180-190. ISSN 1447-9508 1447-9559

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Abstract

In Australian Aboriginal culture, all birds were once people. Stories about a particular bird species vary across Australia and are a part of Aboriginal cultural knowledge, reflecting their ties with the land. This paper investigates the stories of three birds that are widely distributed across Australia (Emu, Australian Bustard and Willie Wagtail) and incorporated into Indigenous culture. It examines similarities and differences amongst the stories and whether the patterns of knowledge reflect geographic distance between language groups, recorded trade routes or other influences.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 23:52
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2011 03:04
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/188

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