Mainland magic: interpreting cultural influences across Cape York–Torres Strait

Greer, Shelley, Henry, Rosita, and McIntyre-Tamwoy, Susan (2015) Mainland magic: interpreting cultural influences across Cape York–Torres Strait. Quaternary International, 385. pp. 69-78.

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Abstract

Torres Strait is a fertile ground for anthropological and archaeological research on the historical movement of people and trade and exchange between the two large land masses that today constitute Papua New Guinea to the north and the Australian mainland to the south. We argue that research that focuses on tangible, material items of exchange tends to privilege 'north-to-south' flows and that consideration of non-material elements may present a very different picture of prehistoric human movement and social interaction in the region. While tangible 'goods' may have been the principal items moving amongst localized networks of exchange, the power of mainland Australian ritual specialists may have been a driver for long-distance exchange.

Item ID: 38406
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Cape York; Torres Strait; Papua New Guinea; social sciences; archaeology; ritual exchange
ISSN: 1873-4553
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 05:16
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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