The construction of Aboriginal dwellings and histories in the Wet Tropics

O'Rourke, Timothy (2015) The construction of Aboriginal dwellings and histories in the Wet Tropics. Fabrications, 25 1: 4-25. doi:10.1080/10331867.2015.1006760

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Author O'Rourke, Timothy
Title The construction of Aboriginal dwellings and histories in the Wet Tropics
Journal name Fabrications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2164-4756
Publication date 2015-05-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10331867.2015.1006760
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 25
Total pages 22
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Despite recent, noteworthy scholarship on indigenous architecture in Australia, the record of pre-colonial settlement patterns, dwellings and building practices is still slight. This paper adds to the limited historiographies that refer directly to Aboriginal building practices. It focuses on the built environments of the Girramay people in the Wet Tropics Region of northeastern Queensland. Girramay building traditions persisted into the twentieth century, partly because of late and discontinuous contact histories. Close examination of the archival data was augmented by oral histories and the reconstruction of twelve traditional dwellings between 2002 and 2004. Drawing on these various methods and techniques, this paper attempts to refine the interpretation of this particular building tradition and counter the generalisations made in previous literature. It also demonstrates the limits of historiography based on archives that originate from members of the settler society.
Keyword Indigenous
Girramay people
North Queensland
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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