The point of spinifex: Aboriginal uses of spinifex grasses in Australia

Pitman, Heidi T. and Wallis, Lynley A. (2012) The point of spinifex: Aboriginal uses of spinifex grasses in Australia. Ethnobotany Research and Applications, 10 109-131.

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Author Pitman, Heidi T.
Wallis, Lynley A.
Title The point of spinifex: Aboriginal uses of spinifex grasses in Australia
Journal name Ethnobotany Research and Applications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1547-3465
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 10
Start page 109
End page 131
Total pages 23
Place of publication Honolulu, HI, United States
Publisher Ethnobotany Program, University of Hawaii
Language eng
Subject 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Formatted abstract
For thousands of years spinifex grasses were utilized by Indigenous Australians, most commonly for the production of resin that was then used as a hafting adhesive. While varying levels of knowledge about this particular use are retained in Indigenous communities, museum collections serve as a valuable repository of little known information about a multitude of other uses of spinifex including ornamental, medicinal, structural and ceremonial functions. In this paper we describe the range of uses of spinifex, based on examinations of objects and photographs held in various museum collections, coupled with reviews of the ethnographic and ethnohistoric literature. This study (1) brings together disparate sources of knowledge about Indigenous uses of spinifex that are not well known among the scientific community and (2) demonstrates the value of museum collections for Indigenous communities seeking to ‘reconnect’ with aspects of so-called ‘lost traditional culture’.
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