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Author Cahir, Fred, 1963- author

Title Aboriginal biocultural knowledge in south-eastern Australia : perspectives of early colonists / Fred Cahir, Ian D. Clark and Philip A. Clarke ; [foreword by Barry Judd]
Published Clayton South, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, [2018]
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Indigenous peoples and the environment; Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge; South-eastern Australia as a biocultural region; Sources; Aim; Spelling; Warnings; Chapter 1 Totemic life; Introduction; Aboriginal beliefs; Eaglehawk and Crow narratives; Life among whales; Discussion; Chapter 2 Terrestrial spirit beings; Introduction; Ethnographic details; Totemic protectors; Spirit beings and Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge; Chapter 3 Water spirit beings; Introduction; Bunyips; The European discovery of bunyips; Discussion; Chapter 4 Plant foodIntroduction; Plant foods; Making wild foods 'useful'; Discussion; Chapter 5 Animal food; Introduction; Invertebrates; Fish; Birds; Reptiles; Terrestrial mammals; Marine mammals; Discussion; Chapter 6 Water; Introduction; Reading the signs: animals and insects as indicators of the presence of water; Hydronyms as clues in the cultural landscape; Rock-holes; Water from plants; Owarine; Waterholes beside dry lakes; Waterholes dug to retain rainwater; Adaptations in times of water scarcity; Thirst quenchers; Dew water; Strainers and filters; Village sites and campsites at sources of permanent waterDrought conditions blamed on the arrival of Europeans; Rainmakers or charmers; Limiting water spillage; Water extractors; Water storage/vessels; Bark buckets; Waterbags made from animal skins; Drinking vessels; Conclusion; Chapter 7 Fire in Aboriginal south-eastern Australia; Introduction; The historical record; Customary burning; Motivations for burning; Knowledge of Aboriginal fire; Fire as an offensive weapon; Recognising fire skills; Discussion; Chapter 8 Watercraft; Introduction; Creation stories and cultural significance; Garments other than skin, feather or furHeadbands and bonnets; Colonist use of Indigenous skins and furs, and of Aboriginal garments; Possum skin commerce in the gold rush era; Discussion; Chapter 11 Wellbeing; Introduction; Medicine men and women; Practices of the medicine men and women; Europeans and their treatment by Aboriginal doctors; Causes of death and ill-health; Harming practices; Dangerous places and sources of dangerous powers; Conclusion; Chapter 12 Healing; Introduction; Isolating the sick; General treatment of wounds; Blood-letting; Steam baths and cold water bathing; Garments other than skin, feather or furHeadbands and bonnets; Colonist use of Indigenous skins and furs, and of Aboriginal garments; Possum skin commerce in the gold rush era; Discussion; Chapter 11 Wellbeing; Introduction; Medicine men and women; Practices of the medicine men and women; Europeans and their treatment by Aboriginal doctors; Causes of death and ill-health; Harming practices; Dangerous places and sources of dangerous powers; Conclusion; Chapter 12 Healing; Introduction; Isolating the sick; General treatment of wounds; Blood-letting; Steam baths and cold water bathing
Summary "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." -- CSIRO Publishing Website
Subject Ethnobiology -- Australia, Southeastern.
Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnobiology -- Australia, Southeastern.
Form Electronic book
Author Clark, Ian D., 1958- author
Clarke, Philip A., author
Judd, Barry, 1968- author of introduction, etc
ISBN 9781486306121 (electronic bk.)
1486306128 (electronic bk.)