Riding the Tide: Indigenous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia

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dc.contributor.author Goodall, H
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:58:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008-08
dc.identifier.citation Environment and History, 2008, 14 (3), pp. 355 - 384
dc.identifier.issn 0967-3407
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10649
dc.description.abstract Indigenous people's knowledge of their environments, often called Traditional Environmental Knowledge [TEK], is widely invoked today in many arenas of environmental analysis and natural resource management as a potential source of beneficial approaches to sustainability. Indigenous knowledge is most often discussed in this literature and practice as if it were a static archive of data, largely unchanging since the point of colonisation and/or modernisation in the area under study. This paper discusses the contested and relational nature of indigeneity and challenges the ahistorical conceptualisation of indigenous knowledge. It does so by drawing on the work of historians and anthropologists to argue that indigenous knowledge, about environmental and other matters, should be seen as a process rather than an archive. This approach offers a way to understand how indigenous knowledge of environments might continue to be meaningful and relevant in conditions of rapid environmental change. A case study of one such situation is the upper Darling River region in Australia, colonised by the British from the 1840s. Water courses, springs and water holes have been critically important both in the conservation of indigenous environmental knowledge and in shaping the way it has developed in interaction with the long and challenging conditions of colonisation. Tracing the historical changes in indigenous knowledge offers the possibility not only of identifying continuing viable alternatives to western agricultural or conservation strategies but also of identifying environmental change over the time of colonisation, particularly in relation to areas associated with the passage and use of water. © 2008 The White Horse Press.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.3197/096734008X333563
dc.title Riding the Tide: Indigenous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Environment and History
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.volume 14
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Isle of Harris, UK en_US
dc.publocation Berlin, Germany
dc.identifier.startpage 355 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 384 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 210399 Historical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified
dc.personcode 890007
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Historical Studies not elsewhere classified en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition August en_US
dc.edition 1
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Aboriginal
dc.description.keywords Colonisation
dc.description.keywords Conservation
dc.description.keywords Darling River
dc.description.keywords History
dc.description.keywords Indigenous knowledge
dc.description.keywords Memory
dc.description.keywords Natural resource management
dc.description.keywords TEK
dc.description.keywords Water
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Cosmopolitan Civil Societies
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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