Nuts, mountains and islands : a cultural landscapes approach to managing the Bunya Mountains

Rowlings-Jensen, Emma (2004). Nuts, mountains and islands : a cultural landscapes approach to managing the Bunya Mountains Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Rowlings-Jensen, Emma
Thesis Title Nuts, mountains and islands : a cultural landscapes approach to managing the Bunya Mountains
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Annie Ross
Total pages 65
Language eng
Subjects L
0502 Environmental Science and Management
2002 Cultural Studies
Formatted abstract

The Bunya Mountains are currently recognised and managed in Queensland legislation as a significant natural landscape and are protected within the boundaries of a national park and state forest. Yet through local and Aboriginal legend we know that the Bunya Mountains have immense cultural significance for Aboriginal people, a significance which is not restricted by western-imposed boundaries, but extends for hundreds of kilometres and incorporates an interwoven landscape of song, ceremony, ritual, and belief. While it is somewhat easier to protect the natural values of a geographically circumscribed 'Bunya Mountains', as they are physical values and are bounded with in the legislative protection of the national park, such protection does not equate with cultural heritage or Aboriginal concerns for the area's cultural landscape. In this thesis I use the notion of managing cultural landscapes as a holistic whole and apply it to a significant but bounded place - the Bunya Mountains National Park. My intention in doing this is to illustrate how limiting the significance and knowledge of a place becomes when that place is not viewed and managed within its cultural landscape context but is instead bounded into a 'cultural island' and protected and managed in isolation .

Keyword National parks and reserves -- Queensland -- Bunya Mountains -- Management
Landscape protection -- Queensland -- Bunya Mountains
Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- Bunya Mountains
Yanyuwa (Australian people)
Bunya Mountains (Qld)

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