Negotiating belonging: plants, people and indigeneity in northern Australia

Martin, Richard J. and Trigger, David S. (2015) Negotiating belonging: plants, people and indigeneity in northern Australia. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21 2: 276-295. doi:10.1111/1467-9655.12206

Author Martin, Richard J.
Trigger, David S.
Title Negotiating belonging: plants, people and indigeneity in northern Australia
Journal name Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-0987
Publication date 2015-05-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9655.12206
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 276
End page 295
Total pages 20
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article focuses on human-plant relations, drawing on ethnographic research from northern Australia's Gulf Country to address the concept of indigeneity. Just as the identities of 'Indigenous' and 'non-Indigenous' people in this region are contextual and at times contested according to the vernacular categories of 'Blackfellas', 'Whitefellas', and 'Yellafellas', so too the issue of what 'belongs' in the natural world is negotiated through ambiguities about whether species are useful, productive, and aesthetically pleasing to humans, as well as local understandings about how plants and animals came to be located in the Gulf region. At the same time, plants' distinctive characteristics as plants shape their relations with humans in ways which affect their categorization as 'native' and 'alien' or 'introduced'. Focusing our analysis on three specific trees, we argue that attention to the 'plantiness' of flora contributes significantly to debates about indigeneity in society and nature. At the same time, our focus on human-plant relations contributes important context and nuance to current debates about human and other-than-human relations in a more-than-human world.
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