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Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia

Perspectives of Early Colonists

Fred Cahir Ian D. Clark Philip A. Clarke



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CSIRO Publishing
01 May 2018
Indigenous Australians have long understood sustainable hunting and harvesting, seasonal changes in flora and fauna, predator-prey relationships and imbalances, and seasonal fire management. Yet the extent of their knowledge and expertise has been largely unknown and underappreciated by non-Aboriginal colonists, especially in the south-east of Australia where Aboriginal culture was severely fractured.

Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia is the first book to examine historical records from early colonists who interacted with south-eastern Australian Aboriginal communities and documented their understanding of the environment, natural resources such as water and plant and animal foods, medicine and other aspects of their material world. This book provides a compelling case for the importance of understanding Indigenous knowledge, to inform discussions around climate change, biodiversity, resource management, health and education. It will be a valuable reference for natural resource management agencies, academics in Indigenous studies and anyone interested in Aboriginal culture and knowledge.

Cultural sensitivity Readers are warned that there may be words, descriptions and terms used or referenced in this book that are culturally sensitive, and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. While this information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided by the author in a historical context.
By:   Fred Cahir, Ian D. Clark, Philip A. Clarke
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   889g
ISBN:   9781486306114
ISBN 10:   148630611X
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Undergraduate ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword (PDF, 56kb) Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Totemic life 2. Terrestrial spirit beings 3. Water spirit beings 4. Plant food 5. Animal food 6. Water 7. Fire in Aboriginal south-eastern Australia 8. Watercraft 9. Shelter: housing 10. Clothing 11. Wellbeing 12. Healing 13. Trade 14. Space 15. Time Conclusion References Index

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