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Aboriginal Maritime Landscapes in South Australia

The Balance Ground, 1st Edition

By Madeline E. Fowler

Routledge

216 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Description

Aboriginal Maritime Landscapes in South Australia reveals the maritime landscape of a coastal Aboriginal mission, Burgiyana (Point Pearce), in South Australia, based on the experiences of the Narungga community.

A collaborative initiative with Narungga peoples and a cross-disciplinary approach has resulted in new understandings of the maritime history of Australia. Analysis of the long-term participation of Narungga peoples in Australia’s maritime past, informed by Narungga oral histories, primary archival research and archaeological fieldwork, delivers insights into the world of Aboriginal peoples in the post-contact maritime landscape. This demonstrates that multiple interpretations of Australia’s maritime past exist and provokes a reconsideration of how the relationship between maritime and Indigenous archaeology is seen. This book describes the balance ground shaped through the collaboration, collision and reconciliation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Australia. It considers community-based practices, cohesively recording such areas of importance to Aboriginal communities as beliefs, knowledges and lived experiences through a maritime lens, highlighting the presence of Narungga and Burgiyana peoples in a heretofore Western-dominated maritime literature.

Through its consideration of such themes as maritime archaeology and Aboriginal history, the book is of value to scholars in a broad range of archaeology, anthropology, history and Indigenous studies disciplines.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

1. Narungga

2. Burgiyana

3. Cognitive landscapes

4. Transport landscapes

5. Economic landscapes

6. Social landscapes

7. Territorial landscapes

8. Indigenising maritime archaeology

Index of Aboriginal people

Toponym glossary

Index

About the Author

Madeline E. Fowler is a maritime archaeologist whose research centres on Aboriginal maritime landscapes in Australia. Her extensive collaboration with the Narungga community addressed neglected narratives at Burgiyana (Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission) and underscored the need to decolonise Australian maritime archaeology by representing and engaging Indigenous peoples and communities in research.

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Archaeology & Indigenous Peoples

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology