Monash Indigenous Centre Library
Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus
The Paleo Diet is the new best thing to hit the market for food conscious first worlders. This paper will use the Paleo Diet as the critical lens for an examination of the food history of Australia over the last 230 years as it speaks to Indigenous-settler relations. Three foods, kangaroo, fish, and corn, are used as lenses by which to theorise these relations. Analysis suggests that there are three distinct periods: food scarcity and contestation, food security through adaptation and absorption, and re-emergence of a postcolonial concept of food sovereignty alongside the competing interests of highly urbanized first world seeking out the same food resources once again.
The period of food scarcity and contestation about food between Indigenous people and newcomers occurred for about 50-70 years after fist contact, explorations, settlement, and the loss of Indigenous food sovereignty was marked by the consumption of many foods now considered acceptably ‘Paleo’. The second period, between the 1840s and 1960s depending on the frontier expansion is a period identified as one of adaptation and absorption, with settlers achieving food security through the industrialization of food production methods while Aboriginal people were absorbed into the emerging cash economy, being restricted in access to their traditional estates, and their subsistence way of life. The third, the period of re-emergence, heralds the Aboriginal claim to the right to food sovereignty because of the changed relationship between the state and Indigenous peoples of Australia with the recognition of the pre-existing, and unextinguished, ‘native title’ rights, enabling the re-emergence of traditional food cultivation methods and practices on some estates within the capitalist economy. For settlers and more recent immigrants, growing niche marketability of the Paleo Diet as clean food raises the spectre of the recurrence of ‘romantic savagery’ as a maladaptive strategy in the ongoing struggle for food security between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Dr Zane Ma Rhea is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education.
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Showcasing current research and Interdisciplinary potential
To mark Monash Indigenous Centre moving into the Menzies building and in celebration of the Faculty without Borders, the academic staff of MIC will showcase their current research projects highlighting the opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work, including postgraduate supervision.
Indigenous Australian astronomy – Dr Duane W. Hamacher
Wednesday 27th August 2014, 2pm to 3pm Monash Indigenous Centre LibraryBuilding 55 level 2. Clayton…
‘Factotum and Friend’: Two Central Australian case studies in ethnographic encounter and exchange
Wednesday 20th August, 2pm to 3pm. Monash Indigenous Centre Library, Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus. Mickey Akwerre Pengarte Dow Dow was a Northern Arrernte man born at Harry Creek, Central Australia around 1856. Dow Dow had been present when Spencer and Gillen documented Arrernte ceremonies at Alice Springs in the summer of 1896. In the 1930s he produced detailed illustrations in order to explain complex Arrernte beliefs to another budding anthropologist, Olive Muriel Pink. Dow Dow’s career as an ‘informant’ continued when he met the young linguist and ethnographer T.G.H. Strehlow in 1932 and went on to share details of the mythologies and ritual of his traditional lands.
Fear and Assuagement: representations and engagement of First Peoples in national museum spaces.
Dr Sandy O’Sullivan.
Wednesday 16th April, 2pm to 3pm.
Monash Indigenous Centre Library,
Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus
Working in New Guinea – updates on Archaeology
Wednesday 9th April, 2pm to 3pm. The seminar will present a personal overview of working in Papua New Guinea, through looking at the role of Government institutions to the critical nature of local community involvement and the importance of doing good and responsible archaeology. I will present updates on two projects.
Reporting on the environment – science communication of complex issues
Wed 2 April, 2-3pm. Monash Indicgenous Centre Library. Professor Kate Auty (La Trobe University School of Business and Law); Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria, formerly Chair of the Ministerial
Reflections on a disputed past – Seminar
WEDNESDAYS 2-3 PM
Elizabeth Eggleston Library, Building 55, Room 204 (level 2)
The next Seminar will be:
26 MARCH 2014
Reflections on a disputed past: a reconsideration of the 19th century ethnographic works of James and Isabella Dawson and E.M. Curr.
The social life of caves
The social life of caves: a new archaeological-geomorphological approach, with examples from France and Aboriginal…
MIC Postgrad Phil Adgemis awarded Minoru Hokari Scholarship for 2013
One of our post grads here in MIC Phil Adgemis has just been awarded this…