Indigenous Use of Spinifex Resin for Hafting in North-Eastern Australia

Powell, Owen, Fensham, Roderick J. and Memmott, Paul (2013) Indigenous Use of Spinifex Resin for Hafting in North-Eastern Australia. Economic Botany, 67 3: 210-224. doi:10.1007/s12231-013-9238-3


Author Powell, Owen
Fensham, Roderick J.
Memmott, Paul
Title Indigenous Use of Spinifex Resin for Hafting in North-Eastern Australia
Journal name Economic Botany   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-0001
1874-9364
Publication date 2013-07
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12231-013-9238-3
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Issue 3
Start page 210
End page 224
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York NY United States,
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Resins and gums were an important resource for Indigenous Australians and were commonly used to haft stone blades to timber handles in the manufacture of axes, spears, knives, and adzes. Based on archival research, analysis of museum records and in situ field trials, we reconstruct the geography of historic spinifex resin use as well as other plant exudates in Queensland, eastern Australia. Results indicated that spinifex resin use was probably restricted to the semi-arid zone and north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Toward the coast and in subhumid and tropical areas, a variety of tree exudates were used. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach coupling archival research with field data, this study contributes to a better understanding of traditional plant use in Australia.
Keyword Adhesives
Gum
Hafting
Resin
Spinifex
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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