New book- Ethno-ornithology: Birds, Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Soc

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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 16:01:45 +0930
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From: Robin Hide <>
Date: 4 March 2010 08:43
Subject: new book- Ethno-ornithology: Birds, Indigenous
Peoples, Culture and Society
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 This new book might be of interest to some list members: at least one
Australian chapter, and several from the region on New Guinea, New Zealand,
Pacific, Indonesia etc.
Robin Hide

*Ethno-ornithology: Birds, Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Society*
Edited By Sonia Tidemann and Andrew Gosler* *(2010) Earthscan*
Publishers blurb...An African proverb states that when a knowledgeable old
person dies, a whole library disappears. In that light, this book presents
knowledge that is new or has not been readily available until now because it
has not previously been captured or reported by indigenous people.
Indigenous knowledge that embraces ornithology takes in whole social
dimensions that are inter-linked with environmental ethos, conservation and
management for sustainability. In contrast, western approaches have tended
to reduce knowledge to elemental and material references. This book also
looks at the significance of indigenous knowledge of birds and their
cultural significance, and how these can assist in framing research methods
of western scientists working in related areas.
As well as its knowledge base, this book provides practical advice for
professionals in conservation and anthropology by demonstrating the
relationship between mutual respect, local participation and the building of
partnerships for the resolution of joint problems. It identifies techniques
that can be transferred to different regions, environments and collections,
as well as practices suitable for investigation, adaptation and improvement
of knowledge exchange and collection in ornithology.
*'The last half century has seen a significant growth in our understanding
of how humans perceive the world of birds, and this knowledge has shaped the
development of ethnobiology. Consider, for example, the role, amongst
ornithologists of Jared Diamond, amongst anthropogists of Gene Hunn, and
amongst the indigenous experts, of Saem Majnep. Given this prominence, it is
perhaps surprising that we have had to wait so long for a review of the
subject and for such a powerful statement of its scope and significance.
What is remarkable about this benchmark volume is the size and diversity of
the contributions. There can be little doubt that with its publication
ethno-ornithology has arrived as an identifiable cross-disciplinary
specialism, with much to say that is relevant not only to the humane
sciences, but to conservation and the emerging consensus on biocultural
diversity.' Roy Ellen, Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology and
Director of the Centre for Biocultural Diversity, University of Kent, UK 'A
fascinating series of essays exploring the diverse links that exist between
birds and people; studies that remind us how all human societies are deeply
indebted to birds - for language, song, food, inspiration, commerce - a
biocultural certainty that cries out for a stronger role in contemporary
nature conservation.'***
***John Fanshawe, Senior Strategy Adviser, BirdLife International*


Foreword by Eugene Hunn

Preface by the Editors

Part I: Introduction

1. Indigenous Knowledges, Birds that have 'Spoken' and Science
Sonia Tidemann, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education,
Sharon Chirgwin, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education,
Ross Sinclair, Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Programme

2. Ethno-Ornithology and Conservation
Mark Bonta, Division of Social Sciences, Delta State University,
Mississippi, USA

3. The Broader Significance of Ethno-Ornithology
Andrew Gosler, Institute of Human Sciences, and Edward Grey Institute of
Field Ornithology, Oxford, UK
with Deborah Buehler & Alberto Castillo

Part II: Birds: Hunting and Products

4. The Maori and the Huia
David Houston, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of
Glasgow, UK

5. Santa Cruz Red Feather Currency And The Scarlet Honeyeater
David Houston, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of
Glasgow, UK

6. Entrapment Of Wetland Birds: Local Customs And Methods Of Hunting In
Central Java
Surya Purnama, Public University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Mochamad Indrawan, Unversity of Indonesia

7. Wildlife Hunting and Bird Trade in Northern Papua (Irian Jaya), Indonesia

Margaretha Pangau-Adam, Faculty of Life Sciences and Mathematics,
Cenderawasih University Papua, Indonesia
Richard Noske, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Part III: Birds and Knowledge

8. Transmutation of Human Knowledge about Birds in 16th Century Honduras
Mark Bonta, Division of Social Sciences, Delta State University,
Mississippi, USA

9. Sound, Sight, Stories and Science: Avoiding Pitfalls in
Ethno-Ornithological Research, with Examples from Kenya
Fleur Ng'weno, independent, Kenya

10. What the Locals Know: Comparing Traditional and Scientific Knowledge of
Megapodes in Melanesia
J Ross Sinclair, Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Programme
Lorima Tuke, Solomon Islands Red Cross Society
Muse Opiang, Papua New Guinea Institute for Biological Research

Part IV: Birds: Story and Language

11. The Birds and Nature in the Stepwells of Gujarat, Western India
Purnima Bhatt, Hood College, Maryland, USA

12. Aboriginal Stories: The Riches and Colour of Australian Birds
Sonia Tidemann and Tim Whiteside, both Batchelor Institute of Indigenous
Tertiary Education, Australia

13. Tlingit Birds, an annotated list with a statistical comparative analysis

Eugene Hunn, University of Washington, Seattle
Thomas Thornton, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

14. Raven=Heron in Mayan-Language Prehistory: An
Ethno-Ornithological/Linguistic Study
Cecil Brown, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA

15. What's in a Bird Name: Relationships among Ethno-Ornithological Terms in
Nage and other Malayo-Polynesian Languages
Gregory Forth, University of Alberta, Canada

Part V: Birds and Conservation

16. An Alternate Reality: Maori Spiritual Guardianship of New Zealand's
Native Birds
Phil Lyver, Research, New Zealand
Henrik Moller, Centre for Study of Agriculture, Food & Environment,
University of Otago, New Zealand

17. Everyone Loves Birds: Using Indigenous Knowledge of Birds to Facilitate
Conservation in New Guinea
William Thomas, New Jersey School of Conservation, USA

18. Birds, People and Conservation in Kenya
Mercy Muiruri and Patrick Maundu, both National Museums of Kenya

19. Bird Messengers for all Seasons: Landscapes of Knowledge among the
BriBri of Costa Rica
Nicole Sault, Univeristy of Costa Rica

20. The Bull of the Bog: Bittern Conservation Practice in a Western
Bio-cultural Setting
Maan Barua, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford,
Paul Jepson, Oxford University, UK

21. Towards an Indonesian bird conservation ethos: reflections from a study
of bird-keeping in the cites of Java and Bali
Paul Jepson, Oxford University, UK

Robert Gosford
The Northern Myth blog
Alice Springs, NT
Ph: (+61) 0447024968

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