Riding the TIde: Indigneous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia

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dc.contributor.author Goodall, Heather en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:58:03Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:58:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier 2007004477 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Goodall Heather 2008, 'Riding the TIde: Indigneous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia', The White Horse Press, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 355-384. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0967-3407 en_US
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. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher The White Horse Press en_US
dc.title Riding the TIde: Indigneous knowledge, history and water in a changing Australia en_US
dc.parent Environment and History en_US
dc.journal.volume 14 en_US
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Isle of Harris, UK en_US
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 en_US
dc.personcode 890007 en_US
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.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Aboriginal; indigenous knowledge; TEK; history; water; Darling River; natural resource management; conservation; memory; colonisation en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 890007 en_US

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