Full title: Aboriginal biocultural knowledge in south-eastern Australia [electronic resource] : perspectives of early colonists / Fred Cahir, Ian D. Clark and Philip A. Clarke ; [foreword by Barry Judd].
Author/creator: Clark, Ian D., 1958-, Clarke, Philip A, Judd, Barry, 1968-, ProQuest (Firm), ProQuest Ebook Central, Cahir, Fred, 1963-.
Record Identifier: 74VKV828WjyM
Contents: 1 online resource., 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, DistributionTraditional uses; Transport and communication; Night fishing; Customs and ceremony; How to make a canoe; Making use of Aboriginal canoes; Reliance upon Aboriginal knowledge of canoes; Saving white fellas; Economic dependence on canoes; Colonisers using canoes -- badly; Discussion; Chapter 9 Shelter: housing; Introduction; Types of shelters; Use and reliance by colonisers on Aboriginal shelter; Destruction of shelters; Discussion; Chapter 10 Clothing; Introduction; Animal skin and fur clothing; Manufacturing possum skin garments; Possum rug decoration, 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
Publishers: Clayton South, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 
MMS ID: 991024186019802626