Australian Aborigines and Indonesian Makassans

Tidemann, Sonia (2005) Australian Aborigines and Indonesian Makassans. International Journal of Humanities, 1. pp. 386-395. ISSN ISSN 1447-9508 (Print) ISSN 1447-9559 (Online)

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An analysis of stories from coastal Northern Territory, South Sulawesi and across the Indonesian archipelago showed some similarities amongst the themes of the stories, the agents within the stories, the outcomes or actions and the new forms where they were created within the stories. When each of these was examined in detail, however, there were striking differences. Aboriginal stories showed a far more subtle relationship with the natural environment and subsistence living whereas the other groups shared a greater similarity that revolved more around interpersonal relationships and interactions. It is possible that Aboriginal stories did not influence those of the Makassans because of the complexity of intertwined story, dance and ceremony of the former as well as the strong cultures of both.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
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 > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 01:45
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2011 03:00

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