This work delves into the exciting story of one of the oldest continuous civilizations on earth. Beginning with the complexities of early human colonization and continuing through later European resettlement, the history of Australia's native people is told in a wide-ranging and sympathetic fashion. Drawing on research from anthropology, cultural geography, and environmental studies, the intricate and changing ways in which aborigines and white settlers have related to each other is discussed and the origins of aboriginal art, medicine, and music are chronicled.
PrefaceIntroductionPART ONE: ORIGINS OF ABORIGINAL CULTURE1. Early human colonisationA changing planet. Bridging the gap. Occupying 'new' land. Human impact on the landscape.2. Religious landscapesThe Dreaming. Sacred sites. The Skyworld and Underworld.3. Kinship and family lifeKnowing your kin. Gender and taboos. Play and games. Rites of passage.4. Mapping peopleTribes and clans. Travelling ceremonies. Languages. Layering of identity.PART TWO: MATERIALS OF CULTURE5. The hunting and gathering modeFood and water quest. Medicines and narcotics. Resource management.6. The toolmakerStone and bone as tools. Holding it together. Retooling.7. The gatherer's toolkitGathering implements. Clothing. Domestic life.8. Weapons and hunting implementsWeapons. Hunting and fishing. Watercraft.9. Art and the music of the DreamingMythological space. The artist's equipment. Early art traditions. Ritual and ceremonial objects.PART T