Have you ever wondered what Australia was like before it was colonized? Did you think it was inhabited by stone age people with no skills other than wandering about to hunt and gather their foods? If you did then this book will challenge those pre-conceptions and leave you wondering "Why weren't we told this?". Encouraged by his readings of Bill Gammage's work into Australian Aboriginal history and culture, Bruce Pascoe applied his research into the diaries of surveyors, explorers and early settlers and began to build up a picture of people who were farming the land in their own way, creating villages of stone and thatch, trapping fish and game and very much in tune with their respective living areas. People who shared annual events and festivals and sought to share their way of agriculture with the new settlers. It is a book you will return to and perhaps try and find similar sources in your own areas to test his research. It is clearly written and illustrated and a worthwhile addition to every school classroom.
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