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Stars of Tagai: The Torres Strait Islanders

Stars of Tagai: The Torres Strait Islanders (Paperback)

By Sharp, Nonie

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Stars of Tagai creates a picture of a unique sea culture rich in meanings and custom. The author's observations of Islander life over the past fourteen years join with the life stories of Islanders so giving depth to the book's theme: how conservation of cultural tradition underl...ies a process of renewal. The rhythm of Islanders' lives follows the movement of the constellation Tagai, a mythical hero who stands in a canoe; his left hand, the Southern Cross, holds a fish spear.The stars of Tagai usher in seasonal changes and are a guide to voyaging and cultivating throughout the Torres Strait. The book explores four meanings of the Tagai myth in the life of the Islanders since the mid-nineteenth century. Its main focus is a growing identity and self-awareness. This is the first book to examine the social issues involved in the historic Mabo case and to give a picture of the fabric of life of the Mariam people of the Murray Islands, a subgroup of the Torres Strait Islanders. It considers local historical precedents for current moves for political autonomy, examines the various reasons behind moves for sovereignty in the 1980s, and considers future options.
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ISBN 9780855752385
Published NZ 1 Jan 1993
Publisher Misc - NewSouth
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780855752385
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Misc - NewSouth
Imprint Aboriginal Studies Press
Published 1 Jan 1993
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sharp, Nonie
Category Sociology & Social Issues
Australian & Pacific History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 321
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 994.38;994.38
Weight 872g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text College/higher education