Stars of Tagai
The Torres Strait Islanders
By (author) Nonie Sharp
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Stars of Tagai by Nonie Sharp
Book Description"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 underlies 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780855752385
(180mm x 260mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1993
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Nonie Sharp
Saltwater People, Paperback (September 2002)
This book plunges the reader into the unique and vibrant sea worlds of the peoples of northern Australia.
No Ordinary Judgment, Paperback (January 1996)» View all books by Nonie Sharp
Provides the inside story of the Mabo case, a unique court drama where rights and interests previously unknown to Anglo-Australian law came to be recognised by the High Court of Australia. This title identifies questions of cultural diversity and self-determination in exploring the role of native title in the reshaping of Australian identity.
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Author Biography - Nonie Sharp
Nonie Sharp is an honorary research fellow at the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University.
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