Stars of Tagai by Nonie Sharp
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Stars of Tagai
By Nonie Sharp

Stars of Tagai

The Torres Strait Islanders

By (author) See other recent books by Nonie Sharp
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $29.95
Your Price: $26.96 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $3.00! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.35 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 7-10 days

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.

Buy Stars of Tagai book by Nonie Sharp from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780855752385
ISBN-10: 0855752386
Format: Paperback
(180mm x 260mm x 18mm)
Pages: 321
Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1993
Country of Publication: Australia

Books By Author Nonie Sharp

Saltwater People by 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 by Nonie Sharp No Ordinary Judgment, Paperback (January 1996)

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.

» View all books by Nonie Sharp


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Stars of Tagai book by Nonie Sharp and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Nonie Sharp

Nonie Sharp is an honorary research fellow at the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Nonie Sharp close
Saltwater People by Nonie Sharp
No Ordinary Judgment by Nonie Sharp
» close