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Understanding isolation and change in island human populations through a study of indigenous cultural patterns in the Gulf of Carpentaria

Memmott, Paul Christopher; Evans, Nicholas; Robins, Richard


This paper presents a set of hypotheses to explain the cultural differences between Aboriginal people of the North and South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria and to characterise the relative degree and nature of their isolation and cultural change over a 10,000-year time-scale. This opportunity to study parallelisms and divergences in the cultural and demographic histories of fisher-hunter-gatherers arises from the comparison of three distinct cultural groupings: (a) the Ganggalida of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia


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