The Surviving Culture of Aboriginal People and Abalone on the South Coast of New South Wales
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Mutton Fish by Beryl Cruse
Book DescriptionThe people of the south coast of NSW have a long and complex relationship with the coastal environment; one that has nurtured them for thousands of years. Mutton Fish includes lively interviews with Aboriginal people who have fished traditionally and taken part in the modern fishing industry. With clarity, it introduces some of the issues that arise when Indigenous cultural practice confronts white law. 'They used to gather mutton fish and trade with Chinese people...it would really be a family gather, where men would be diving, gathering mutton fish, bringing it to share and women and kids would be lighting the fires. So our people started trading way back then. Mutton fish, or abalone, is a subsistence food easy to find and harvest, extremely rich in energy and accessible for as long as the beaches are freely open to all. Mutton Fish, unique in its breadth and accessibility, seeks to tell of this relationship and what has happened to the south coast people as their access to the coastal resources has been progressively restricted by European competition. The authors have created a thoroughly researched, readable history of Indigenous life on south coast NSW. Mutton Fish includes lively interviews with Aboriginal people who have fished traditionally and taken part in the modern fishing industry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780855754822
(216mm x 140mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Beryl Cruse
Bittangabee Tribe, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Beryl Cruse
This story tells of the lives of the Bittangabee tribe. It follows Ninima and his family on their long summer journey into the mountains to collect Bogong moths, and then home again to the sea. It highlights the importance of family and kinship in Aboriginal culture, and captures their intimate knowledge of plant and animal relationships.
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Author Biography - Beryl Cruse
Beryl Cruse, Liddy Stewart, and Sue Norman are working to establish an archive at the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Keeping Place outside Eden.
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