Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/29439
Title: Mission-Based Indigenous Production at the Weipa Presbyterian Mission, Western Cape York Peninsula (1932-66)
Contributor(s): Morrison, Michael  (author); McNaughton, Darlene (author); Shiner, Justin (author)
Publication Date: 2010
Early Online Version: 2010-01-19
DOI: 10.1007/s10761-009-0096-8
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/29439
Abstract: Previous research on remote nineteenth-and early twentieth-century Indigenous missions in northern and central Australia point to their often tenuous existence and the complex nature of engagements between Christian Missionaries and Indigenous people. This paper explores the contribution and significance of Indigenous production of wild foods in the context of one such settlement located at Weipa on Cape York Peninsula, north eastern Australia. It is premised on the assertion that investigation of the economies of these often remote settlements has the potential to reveal much about the character of cross-cultural engagements within the context of early mission settlements. Many remote missions had a far from secure economic basis and were sometimes unable to produce the consistent food supplies that were central to their proselytizing efforts. In this paper it is suggested that Indigenous-produced wild foods were of significant importance to the mission on a day-to-day basis in terms of their dietary contribution (particularly in terms of protein sources) and were also important to Indigenous people from a social and cultural perspective. We develop this argument through the case study of culturally modified trees that resulted from the collection of wild honey.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Historical Archaeology, v.14, p. 86-111
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-7748
1092-7697
Field of Research (FOR): 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages: Y24 Thaynakwith
Y32 Alngith
Y36 Ngkoth
Y39 Ntra'ngith
Y23 Wimaranga
Y185 Awngthim
Y30 Ladamngid
Y34 Aritinngithigh
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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