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Title: 'My Country is like my Mother...': respect, care, interaction and closeness as principles for undertaking cultural heritage assessments
Contributor(s): McNaughton, Darlene  (author)orcid ; Morrison, Michael  (author)orcid ; Schill, Cassie (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Early Online Version: 2016-05-17
DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2016.1165277
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Abstract: Investigation of social values is essential to understanding relationships between people and place, particularly in Indigenous cultural heritage management. The value of long-term ethnographic studies is well recognised, however, such approaches are generally not possible in many heritage studies due to time or other constraints. Qualitative research methods have considerable potential in this space, yet few have systematically applied them to understanding Indigenous peoples’ relationships with place. This paper reports on a qualitative study with Alngith people from north-eastern Australia. It begins by exploring the embodied, experiential nature of Alngith peoples’ conception of Country and their emphasis on four interrelated themes: Respect, Care, Interaction and Closeness when describing relationships to Country. We suggest that Alngith people-toplace relationships are underwritten by these ideals and are central to local expectations for respectful, inclusive heritage practices. The results also reveal new perspectives and pathways for Aboriginal communities, and heritage managers dissatisfied with the constraints of ‘traditional’ cultural heritage assessment frameworks that emphasise archaeological methods and values. The paper further demonstrates how qualitative research methodologies can assist heritage managers to move beyond the limitations of surveys and quantitative studies and develop a deeper understanding of Indigenous values, concepts and aspirations (social values).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 22(6), p. 415-433
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1470-3610
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430107 Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 210401 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages: Y32 Alngith
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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