Danalaig a yabu kaipai pa kulai a inab thonar no koi ngapa wagel (Our way of life from a long time ago to the next generation coming): Archaeological and Mualaig biographies of missions.

Author(s): Por Gubau Gizu ya Sagulal .; Louise Manas

Year: 2018

Summary

In attending to the life or lives of things, biographical approaches in archaeology focus attention to the vitality of objects in change and to narrative. Torres Strait Islander biographies similarly explore themes around the transformation of things though tend rather more to emphasise place in structuring historical narratives. In Torres Strait, history is emplaced, encountered and generative. This paper traces the pathways of Mualgal (the people of Mua Island, western Torres Strait, NE Australia) through several mission-villages in their entanglements with colonial forces on the island over the past 150 years. We focus on describing the various ways this journey is historicised in archaeological biography and in Mualgal performance (dance and song), and reflect on the creative possibilities that emerge from these collaborations.

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Danalaig a yabu kaipai pa kulai a inab thonar no koi ngapa wagel (Our way of life from a long time ago to the next generation coming): Archaeological and Mualaig biographies of missions.. Por Gubau Gizu ya Sagulal ., Louise Manas. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441189)

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Keywords

General
Biographies Performance Torres Strait

Geographic Keywords
AUSTRALIA Oceania

Temporal Keywords
1870s to present

Spatial Coverage

min long: 112.952; min lat: -43.648 ; max long: 153.606; max lat: -10.71 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 714