‘Beyond all the trends’: Torres Strait Island foods, past, present and future

Anderson, Margaret, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., & Brien, Donna L. (2014) ‘Beyond all the trends’: Torres Strait Island foods, past, present and future. Journal of Home Economics in Australia, 21(2), pp. 28-32.

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While trends are cyclical, Indigenous perspectives offer continuity to life’s pathways. One of the current trends is the increasing culinary interest in Indigenous Australian foods, not just in restaurants, but also in home kitchens. This is a recent trend despite Indigenous foods being nutritious and wholesome, and sustaining Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Home Economics can support, foster and affirm Indigenous foods both within this current mainstream trend and in the future in life sustaining ways. In order to do so, Home Economics need’s to ensure it is prepared, and skilled, with the appropriate knowledge and regard for Indigenous ingredients, foods and foodways. This paper will focus on Torres Strait Islander foods from the Torres Strait and from mainland Australia. It will showcase Torres Strait foods is the past, present and the future. Some of what is presented here is part of a research case study, which involves a literature review, data collection, and photography. In documenting the history of Torres Strait Island food and foodways, the traditions and customs will be kept alive for future generations, and beyond any trends or fashions.

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ID Code: 85969
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, QUT and a Member of the ISRN, QUT. She is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia.
Keywords: Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Food, Cooking, Culture, Writing, Creative Writing, History, Foodways, Nutrition
ISSN: 1322-9974
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Margaret Anderson, Bronwyn Fredericks and Donna Brien.
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2015 23:03
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015 04:45

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