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By Nonie Sharp

In October of 2001, the Australian excessive court docket proven aboriginal identify to 2 thousand kilometres of ocean off the north coast. the choice, which used to be the results of a seven-year court docket conflict, highlighted aboriginal trust that the ocean is a present from the author for use for sustenance, spirituality, identification, and group. This evocative examine of the folk of northern coastal Australia and their sea worlds illuminates the facility of human attachment to place.

Saltwater humans: The Waves of Memory bargains a cross-disciplinary method of homeland claims that comes with old and modern case stories from not just Australia, but in addition New Zealand, Scandinavia, the USA, and Canada. Nonie Sharp discusses a number of problems with indigenous history, together with land claims, innovations of private and non-private estate, poverty, and the environment.

Despite dispossession, the aboriginals of northern coastal Australia by no means faltered of their devotion to the ocean, illustrating how profoundly such bonds are preserved in reminiscence. Their relocating tale of surviving and profitable a long courtroom conflict presents worthwhile info for all international locations facing related problems with rights to tenure and average assets. Sharp offers the 1st book-length examine of an built-in assertion at the many defining characteristics of the cultural courting of aboriginals, non-aboriginals, and the idea that of possession over the ocean, and illustrates the knowledge that diverse traditions can provide one another.

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