Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia
Perspectives of Early Colonists
Provides an insight into the environmental knowledge of Indigenous Australians.
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. + Full description
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.- Short description
DetailsPaperback | May 2018 | $ 69.95
ISBN: 9781486306114 | 360 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- First book to examine historical records from early colonists who interacted with south-eastern Australian Aboriginal communities.
- Provides understanding of Indigenous knowledge, to inform discussions around climate change, biodiversity, resource management, health and education.
- Illustrated with photographs and historical images.
ContentsForeword (PDF, 56kb)
1. Totemic life
2. Terrestrial spirit beings
3. Water spirit beings
4. Plant food
5. Animal food
7. Fire in Aboriginal south-eastern Australia
9. Shelter: housing
View the full table of contents (PDF, 537kb).