Note to the 2014 edition

Peter White

Most Australians are used to the concept of land ownership. The idea of ownership of areas of sea and its resources is foreign to them, but not to coastal Aboriginal communities. The papers in this volume demonstrate how this concept is developed in various communities, and some of the general implications of this. Originating in a session of papers at a conference in 1996, the papers in this volume were originally published as Oceania Monograph 48 in 1998. It was later reprinted, but this 2014 reprint will allow its important concepts to have wider circulation. Two more recent publications which expand those here are J. Bradley, Singing Saltwater Country (Allen & Unwin, 2010) and M. Somerville and T. Perkins, Singing the Coast (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2010). viii