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Aboriginal biocultural knowledge in south-eastern Australia : perspectives of early colonists

Author: Fred Cahir; Ian D Clark; Philip A Clarke; Barry Judd
Publisher: Clayton South, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 under-appreciated by non-Aboriginal colonists, especially in the south-east of Australia where Aboriginal culture was severely fractured. Aboriginal  Read more...
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Named Person: Siedler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Cahir; Ian D Clark; Philip A Clarke; Barry Judd
ISBN: 9781486306114 148630611X
OCLC Number: 1026211282
Description: xxiv, 334 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Indigenous peoples and the environment --
Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge --
South-eastern Australia as a biocultural region --
Sources --
Aim --
Spelling --
Warnings --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
Aboriginal beliefs / Philip A. Clarke --
Eaglehawk and Crow narratives / Philip A. Clarke --
Life among whales / Philip A. Clarke --
Discussion / Philip A. Clarke --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
Ethnographic details / Philip A. Clarke --
Totemic protectors / Philip A. Clarke --
Spirit beings and Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge / Philip A. Clarke --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
Bunyips / Philip A. Clarke --
The European discovery of bunyips / Philip A. Clarke --
Discussion / Philip A. Clarke --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
Plant foods / Philip A. Clarke --
Making wild foods 'useful' / Philip A. Clarke --
Discussion / Philip A. Clarke --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
Invertebrates / Philip A. Clarke --
Fish / Philip A. Clarke --
Birds / Philip A. Clarke --
Reptiles / Philip A. Clarke --
Terrestrial mammals / Philip A. Clarke --
Marine mammals / Philip A. Clarke --
Discussion / Philip A. Clarke --
Introduction / Ian D. Clark --
Reading the signs: animals and insects as indicators of the presence of water / Ian D. Clark --
Hydronyms as clues in the cultural landscape / Ian D. Clark --
Rock-holes / Ian D. Clark --
Water from plants / Ian D. Clark --
Owarine / Ian D. Clark --
Waterholes beside dry lakes / Ian D. Clark --
Waterholes dug to retain rainwater / Ian D. Clark --
Adaptations in times of water scarcity / Ian D. Clark --
Thirst quenchers / Ian D. Clark --
Dew water / Ian D. Clark --
Strainers and filters / Ian D. Clark --
Village sites and campsites at sources of permanent water / Ian D. Clark --
Drought conditions blamed on the arrival of Europeans / Ian D. Clark --
Rainmakers or charmers / Ian D. Clark --
Limiting water spillage / Ian D. Clark --
Water extractors / Ian D. Clark --
Water storage/vessels / Ian D. Clark --
Bark buckets / Ian D. Clark --
Waterbags made from animal skins / Ian D. Clark --
Drinking vessels / Ian D. Clark --
Conclusion / Ian D. Clark --
Introduction / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
The historical record / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
Customary burning / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
Motivations for burning / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
Knowledge of Aboriginal fire / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
Fire as an offensive weapon / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
Recognising fire skills / Sarah McMaster / Fred Cahir --
Discussion / Fred Cahir / Sarah McMaster --
Introduction / Fred Cahir --
Creation stories and cultural significance / Fred Cahir --
Distribution / Fred Cahir --
Traditional uses / Fred Cahir --
Transport and communication / Fred Cahir --
Night fishing / Fred Cahir --
Customs and ceremony / Fred Cahir --
How to make a canoe / Fred Cahir --
Making use of Aboriginal canoes / Fred Cahir --
Reliance upon Aboriginal knowledge of canoes / Fred Cahir --
Saving white fellas / Fred Cahir --
Economic dependence on canoes / Fred Cahir --
Colonisers using canoes --
badly / Fred Cahir --
Discussion / Fred Cahir --
Introduction / Fred Cahir --
Types of shelters / Fred Cahir --
Use and reliance by colonisers on Aboriginal shelter / Fred Cahir --
Destruction of shelters / Fred Cahir --
Discussion / Fred Cahir --
Introduction / Fred Cahir --
Animal skin and fur clothing / Fred Cahir --
Manufacturing possum skin garments / Fred Cahir --
Possum rug decoration / Fred Cahir --
Garments other than skin, feather or fur / Fred Cahir --
Headbands and bonnets / Fred Cahir --
Colonist use of Indigenous skins and furs, and of Aboriginal garments / Fred Cahir --
Possum skin commerce in the gold rush era / Fred Cahir --
Discussion / Fred Cahir --
Introduction / Ian D. Clark --
Medicine men and women / Ian D. Clark --
Practices of the medicine men and women / Ian D. Clark --
Europeans and their treatment by Aboriginal doctors / Ian D. Clark --
Causes of death and ill-health / Ian D. Clark --
Harming practices / Ian D. Clark --
Dangerous places and sources of dangerous powers / Ian D. Clark --
Conclusion / Ian D. Clark --
Introduction / Ian D. Clark --
Isolating the sick / Ian D. Clark --
General treatment of wounds / Ian D. Clark --
Blood-letting / Ian D. Clark --
Steam baths and cold water bathing / Ian D. Clark --
Use of ligatures / Ian D. Clark --
Rheumatism / Ian D. Clark --
Joint pain / Ian D. Clark --
Skin infections / Ian D. Clark --
Burns / Ian D. Clark --
Venereal disease / Ian D. Clark --
Dysentery / Ian D. Clark --
Chest infections / Ian D. Clark --
Insect repellents / Ian D. Clark --
Headache, earache, toothache and stomach-ache / Ian D. Clark --
Delayed lactation in new mothers / Ian D. Clark --
Treating colic / Ian D. Clark --
Snakebite / Ian D. Clark --
Ophthalmia / Ian D. Clark --
Refreshing drinks and tonics / Ian D. Clark --
European uses of bush medicine / Ian D. Clark --
Conclusion / Ian D. Clark --
Introduction / Ian D. Clark --
Items for exchange / Ian D. Clark --
The context of exchange / Ian D. Clark --
Role of messengers in exchange / Ian D. Clark --
Gifts / Ian D. Clark --
Special expeditions / Ian D. Clark --
Intercultural trade with Europeans / Ian D. Clark --
Conclusion / Ian D. Clark --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
The Skyworld / Philip A. Clarke --
Skyworld as a home of spirits / Philip A. Clarke --
Connections between Earth and the Skyworld / Philip A. Clarke --
Underworld / Philip A. Clarke --
Orientation and appearance of the Skyworld / Philip A. Clarke --
Gender / Philip A. Clarke --
Skyworld influences over Earth / Philip A. Clarke --
Directions / Philip A. Clarke --
Wurdi Youang stone arrangement / Philip A. Clarke --
Discussion / Philip A. Clarke --
Introduction / Philip A. Clarke --
Forecasting weather / Philip A. Clarke --
Seasonal calendar / Philip A. Clarke --
Calendar plants / Philip A. Clarke --
Weather makers / Philip A. Clarke --
Discussion / Philip A. Clarke.
Responsibility: Fred Cahir, Ian D. Clark and Philip A. Clarke ; [foreword by Barry Judd].

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