Place Meaning, attachment and identity in Indigenous Inala, Queensland

Greenop, Kelly (2009). Place Meaning, attachment and identity in Indigenous Inala, Queensland. In: Perspectives on Urban Life: Connections and Reconnections, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, (). 28th September - 2nd October 2009.

Author Greenop, Kelly
Title of paper Place Meaning, attachment and identity in Indigenous Inala, Queensland
Conference name Perspectives on Urban Life: Connections and Reconnections, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Conference
Conference location Australian National University, Canberra
Conference dates 28th September - 2nd October 2009
Place of Publication Online
Publisher Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The paper will discuss research centred on Inala in Brisbane’s outer South-West, which has a significant Indigenous population, located within a mixed-race suburban community. It examines the maintenance, and innovation of culture within Inala and the diverse set of activities around this in the Inala Indigenous communities. Specifically, it examines place attachment and the making of Inala as a significant ‘Indigenous’ place which has occurred over the 60 years since Inala was established. Links to traditional country, and new links to Inala as a place of similar, yet distinct, significance will be explained, demonstrating that far from being ‘assimilated’ the Inala Indigenous community maintains some aspects of traditional culture as well as some sectors of the community undertaking self-consciously constructed or re-constructed aspects of culture, which they nevertheless see as ‘traditional’. Places inside and outside Inala have significance for people in the Inala Indigenous community. Additionally, Inala itself has become a significant place for many of its Indigenous residents, not only as a home, but as a place of memories and traditions which have been accreted over the decades of modern Indigenous inhabitation of Inala. Inala is a holder for unique, personal sets of places which have meaning for Indigenous people, in addition to places which hold more broad community significance, including overlaps with places shared in significance with other cultural groups. The diversity of opinions and attachments to places for Inala people indicates also that there is no stereotypical Inala Indigenous person or community, but a dynamic and personal set of Indigenous choices which are made to attach with place and communities.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Session U1.2 Indigenous Identity in the Urban Space

 
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