Whilst there are popular ideas about which champion Aboriginal environmental knowledge, many of these are based more on romantic notions than on any detailed understanding of what might be the content of this knowledge. This book is based on a grounded and broad assessment of less well known details of Aboriginal knowledge and provides both a great deal of detail and a new assessment of rituals and practices. Aboriginal environmental knowledge is examined here as an integrated source of both religious and scientific knowledge. An important finding is that Aboriginal environmental knowledge also includes knowledge about education for attitudes considered appropriate for survival. Though evidence for this is readily available in the literature, it has not been part of current depictions of Aboriginal environmental knowledge.
Contents: Introduction; Aborigines as experts on the environment; What the 'experts' say; Contemporary Aboriginal voices; Traditional ways: the evidence of myths; Traditional ways: daily practices regarding food; Traditional ways; daily practices regarding fire, shelter and healing; Traditional ways; beyond the ego; Away from a world of unique truth (the question of comparison with science); Rational reverence; The real future eaters; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
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