Archaeological evidence for south sea islander traditional ritual practice at Wunjunga, Ayr, central Queensland coast

Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara (2011) Archaeological evidence for south sea islander traditional ritual practice at Wunjunga, Ayr, central Queensland coast. Australian Archaeology (73). pp. 69-72. ISSN 0312-2417

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This paper presents the results of an excavation of a stone
mound at Wunjunga at the mouth of the Burdekin River near
Ayr on the central Queensland coast. It is proposed that this construction conforms broadly to the South Sea Islander (SSI) ritual shrines described for Solomon Islands, recorded in oral tradition as related to fishing, purification, curing and warfare. This construction provides material evidence of the continuity of traditional ritual belief by Melanesian indentured labour, as they participated in the sugar cane industry in Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Australian Archaeological Association
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Once accepted for publication in Australian Archaeology, the author retains copyright in the work and may publish or authorise others to publish the entire work or any part thereof, provided that due acknowledgement is made in any further publication that the work was originally published in Australian Archaeology.
Depositing User: Professor Bryce Barker
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 23:03
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: kanakas; black birding; sugar industry, north Queensland; Solomon Islanders; rituals; shrines
Fields of Research (FoR): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200210 Pacific Cultural Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210313 Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual

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