Traditional games of a timeless land: play cultures in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Edwards, Ken (2009) Traditional games of a timeless land: play cultures in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Australian Aboriginal Studies (2). pp. 32-43. ISSN 0729-4352

Abstract

Sports history in Australia has focused almost entirely on modern, Eurocentric sports and has therefore largely ignored the multitude of unique pre-European games that are, or once were, played. The area of traditional games, especially those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, is an important aspect of the cultural, social and historical experiences of Indigenous communities. These activities include customs of play that are normally not associated with European notions of competitive sport. Overall, this paper surveys research undertaken into traditional games among Indigenous Australians, as well as proposals for much needed further study in this area.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper.
Depositing User: Dr Kenneth Edwards
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2010 09:22
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 04:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: traditional games; play cultures; indigenous Australians
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8102

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