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Type: Journal article
Title: Jumping fish: Engendering contestation and development on the waterways of the Aramia River in Papua New Guinea
Author: Dundon, A.
Citation: Oceania, 2008; 78(1):5-16
Publisher: Oceania Publications
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0029-8077
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Responsibility: 
Alison Dundon
Abstract: Set in the Aramia River basin, this article explores the intimate and interactive relationship between communities in Western Province, Papua New Guinea, and the water that dominates the environment in which they live. Located amongst tidal rivers, creeks and lagoons, Gogodala villages sit high on ‘islands’ of land. In this environment, water is the site of seasonal change and the space of movement. The Aramia River is synonymous with an ancestral figure called Sawiya who travelled in her canoe, naming, creating and populating the water and land of the area. As the ‘mother of all fish’, Sawiya controls the movement and abundance of fish and other aquatic resources. Water is embodied in Sawiya, whose capacities to both nourish and punish are the basis of seasonal variations in fish, and in the colour and clarity of water in the local lagoons and rivers. Set against the backdrop of the Ok Tedi Mine and recent logging operations on the Aramia, the article explores some of the ways in which water and its resources are defined and experienced in this rural community and the impact this may have on the exploitation and development of natural resources in PNG.
Keywords: environment, Papua New Guinea, development, gender, natural resource management
Description: Copyright ©2008 Oceania Publications
RMID: 0020080770
DOI: 10.1002/j.1834-4461.2008.tb00024.x
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies and Social Analysis publications

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