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Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative, and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea (review)

Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative, and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea (review) book and media reviews Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative, and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea, edited by Alan Rumsey and James F Weiner. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2001. i s b n 0 ­ 8248­2389­3; vii + 281 pages, maps, tables, figures, photographs, bibliography, index. u s$27.95. The papers in this collection (and a forthcoming companion volume) were originally presented at an Australian National University conference on the effects of industrial mining on the cultures of indigenous peoples. This, the first volume, specifically concerns the confrontation between traditional indigenous cosmologies of self and place and the forces of change, historification, and modernity. The papers are focused particularly around issues of cosmological geography, especially those landscapes commonly found in Australia and New Guinea that were believed to be created by wandering mythological beings or ancestors whose movements and deeds created or gave form to the countryside. The pairing of Australia and New Guinea in relation to these founder-journeying myths is intended to reveal the twoway relationship between knowledge of places and emplacement of knowledge in ways that allow comparison between the two regions. While the papers follow this format in a general way they have widely http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative, and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 14 (2) – Jan 7, 2002

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book and media reviews Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative, and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea, edited by Alan Rumsey and James F Weiner. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2001. i s b n 0 ­ 8248­2389­3; vii + 281 pages, maps, tables, figures, photographs, bibliography, index. u s$27.95. The papers in this collection (and a forthcoming companion volume) were originally presented at an Australian National University conference on the effects of industrial mining on the cultures of indigenous peoples. This, the first volume, specifically concerns the confrontation between traditional indigenous cosmologies of self and place and the forces of change, historification, and modernity. The papers are focused particularly around issues of cosmological geography, especially those landscapes commonly found in Australia and New Guinea that were believed to be created by wandering mythological beings or ancestors whose movements and deeds created or gave form to the countryside. The pairing of Australia and New Guinea in relation to these founder-journeying myths is intended to reveal the twoway relationship between knowledge of places and emplacement of knowledge in ways that allow comparison between the two regions. While the papers follow this format in a general way they have widely

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