Oral histories about weather hazards in northern Australia

Goudie, Douglas (2007) Oral histories about weather hazards in northern Australia. In: King, David, and Cottrell, Alison, (eds.) Communities Living With Hazards. Centre for Disaster Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia, pp. 102-125.

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Abstract

[Extract] This chapter draws on a collection of stories by Australian Aborigines about extreme weather impacts, mainly floods, and contrasts the embedded lessons with detailed descriptions from more recent Australian events. In the Dreamtime Australian Aboriginal stories, the recurrent theme is that everyone drowns. The ways Indigenous Australians 'read' the weather from many natural indicators may pre-empt 'technological' signs of disruptive weather.

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ISBN: 978-0-86443-752-5
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 04:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960203 Weather @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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