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Australia's First Naturalists: Indigenous Peoples' Contribution to Early Zoology
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Penny Olsen Lynette Russell
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Australia's First Naturalists: Indigenous Peoples' Contribution to Early Zoology

Penny Olsen Lynette Russell


9780642279378

National Library of Aust.


Biography: historical, political & military;
History


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228 pages

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Would Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson have ever crossed the Blue Mountains without the help of the local Aboriginal people? The invaluable role of local guides in this event is rarely recognised.

As silent partners, Aboriginal Australians gave Europeans their first views of iconic animals, such as the Koala and Superb Lyrebird, and helped to unravel the mystery of the egg-laying mammals: the Echidna and Platypus. Well into the twentieth century, Indigenous people were routinely engaged by collectors, illustrators and others with an interest in Australia's animals. Yet this participation, if admitted at all, was generally --barely acknowledged. However, when documented, it was clearly significant.

Penny Olsen and Lynette Russell have gathered together Aboriginal peoples' contributions to demonstrate the crucial role they played in early Australian zoology. The writings of the early European naturalists clearly describe the valuable knowledge of the Indigenous people of the habits of Australia's bizarre (to a European) fauna.

Australia's First Naturalists is invaluable for those wanting to learn more about our original inhabitants' contribution to the collection, recognition and classification of Australia's unique fauna. It heightens our appreciation of the previously unrecognised complex knowledge of Indigenous societies.

By:   Penny Olsen, Lynette Russell
Imprint:   National Library of Aust.
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 190mm, 
Weight:   900g
ISBN:   9780642279378
ISBN 10:   0642279373
Pages:   228
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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