The dugong hunters of Cape York today : factors in the formation of identity and the emergence of the Port Stewart Lamalama tribe

Hafner, Diane (1990). The dugong hunters of Cape York today : factors in the formation of identity and the emergence of the Port Stewart Lamalama tribe Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Hafner, Diane
Thesis Title The dugong hunters of Cape York today : factors in the formation of identity and the emergence of the Port Stewart Lamalama tribe
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1990
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Bruce Rigsby
Nancy Williams
Total pages 129
Language eng
Subjects L
379902 Aboriginal Studies
Formatted abstract

The Port Stewart Lamalama people comprise a social group that has emerged as a distinct entity in the post-colonial period. This thesis proposes that their formation as a distinct group resulted from the dislocation of a number of discrete clans, local groups and language groups after the initial advance of European colonialism dispossessed them of their land. It can be shown that certain aspects of social organization have retained their va1ue for the Port Stewart Lamalama people. Most significant among these are kinship and interests in land. It is the argument of this thesis that the Port Stewart Lamalama people can be regarded as an indigenous ethnic group because of shared genealogical links, shared interests in land, a common cultural heritage, and common history. The role of each of these factors in the formation of identity is analyzed. Kinship and land ownership are found to be of central importance. Members of the group describe themselves as "the Port Stewart Lamalama tribe", indicating a conceptualisation of their distinct identity. This thesis is concerned with examination and explanation of what is meant by the term “the Port Stewart Lamalama” and the development of this group as a distinct “tribe”. Further research specifically focused on questions of identity formation would be required for a comprehensive understanding of the Port Stewart Lamalama style of self in relation to concepts of identity.

Keyword Indigenous people
tribe

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