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dc.contributor.authorJackson, Sue
dc.contributor.authorBarber, Marcus
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-01T01:45:00Z
dc.date.available2019-04-01T01:45:00Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1877-7244en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12685-016-0168-8en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/204548
dc.description.abstractIndigenous engagements with water are dynamic and contextually contingent, and contemporary attitudes and environmental valuations are shaped by diverse pre-existing water histories. Geographical variation intersects and interacts with such histories to influence the moral position taken by individuals and groups and their negotiating positions as they engage in public debates or decisions about water diversion, management, and use, as well as the tradeoffs and risks of associated negative impacts. This paper draws together Indigenous historical and contemporary perspectives regarding the diversion, damming and manipulation of water sources from four tropical watersheds that span Australia’s remote north—the Harding and Ord Rivers in Western Australia, the Roper River in the Northern Territory, and the Gilbert River in North Queensland. Conceptually, the paper brings together the literatures of Indigenous water values and the political ecology of water resources. The analysis deploys the waterscape concept that has emerged from the disciplines of geography and history to characterise the key features of Indigenous peoples’ dynamic relationships to water and to link water and social power relations in these watersheds over time. The cases support the proposition that Indigenous people are often concerned about industrial-scale water diversion and damming. Yet our regional studies also undercut the notion that such concerns emerge from an Indigenous culture that passively responds to the prevailing hydrology, or the idea popular in settler Australia that these hydraulic environments are themselves unaffected by past human action. Indigenous attitudes to diversion and damming are informed by previous experiences of water manipulation, which include the social relations that shaped these practices, at times with demonstrably pre-colonial origins, as well as by contemporary perspectives on the tradeoffs between development, sustainable local livelihoods, and environmental and cultural impact. Our analysis of the Australian context informs ongoing international debates about large scale irrigated agriculture, aquaculture, mining, and other water-intensive development in regions occupied by Indigenous peoples and experiencing high and increasing water variability.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlandsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom385en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto404en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalWater Historyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledgeen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode050201en_US
dc.titleHistorical and contemporary waterscapes of North Australia: Indigenous attitudes to dams and water diversionsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
dc.description.versionPost-printen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2016 Springer. This is an electronic version of an article published in American Journal of Drug Delivery, December 2016, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 385–404. American Journal of Drug Delivery is available online at: http://link.springer.com/ with the open URL of your article.en_US
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gro.griffith.authorJackson, Sue E.


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