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dc.contributor.author Pitman, Heidi T en_US
dc.contributor.author Wallis, Lynley A en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-08T20:57:48Z en_US
dc.date.available 2012-08-08T20:57:48Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Pitman HT, Wallis LA. 2012. The point of spinifex: Aboriginal uses of spinifex grasses in Australia. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 10: 109-131. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23550 en_US
dc.description.abstract For thousands of years spinifex grasses were utilized by Indigenous Australians, most commonly for the production of resin that was then used as a hafting adhesive. While varying levels of knowledge about this particular use are retained in Indigenous communities, museum collections serve as a valuable repository of little known information about a multitude of other uses of spinifex including ornamental, medicinal, structural and ceremonial functions. In this paper we describe the range of uses of spinifex, based on examinations of objects and photographs held in various museum collections, coupled with reviews of the ethnographic and ethnohistoric literature. This study (1) brings together disparate sources of knowledge about Indigenous uses of spinifex that are not well known among the scientific community and (2) demonstrates the value of museum collections for Indigenous communities seeking to ‘reconnect’ with aspects of so-called ‘lost traditional culture’. en_US
dc.format.extent 24 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject Hawaiians--Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Hawaii--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Plants, Medicinal--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title The point of spinifex : Aboriginal uses of spinifex grasses in Australia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
local.identifier.callnumber DU624.65 .E84 en_US
local.identifier.alturi http://www.ethnobotanyjournal.org/vol10/i1547-3465-10-109.pdf en_US

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