Stars of Tagai: The Torres Strait Islanders

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Aboriginal Studies Press, 1993 - Social Science - 321 pages
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Constitution of and change in Torres Strait Islander identity; exchange and cosmology; contact history; mythology, culture heroes and law; Malo-Bomai, Kwoiam; Meriam religious and social life - seasonality, clan territoriality, kinship, life cycle; the powers of the Zogo le and the idea of traditional life; coming of the London Missionary Society and the accommodation of christianity; changing rites of death and renewal - millennial movements; colonial administration - education , Protection Acts and protectionism, social control; colonial economy - trochus, pearling, beche-de-mer (trepang); background and effects of the 1936 strike and World War Two; moves for sovereignty - the Murray Island case; includes life histories.

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Nonie Sharp is an honorary research fellow at the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University.

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