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Australian Plants as Aboriginal Tools

By: Philip A Clarke(Author)

374 pages, colour & b/w photos

Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd

Hardback | Aug 2012 | #200400 | ISBN-13: 9781921719493
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In Australia, the flora has had a broad impact on the lives of Aboriginal hunter-gatherers, having provided them with the essential materials for making their food, medicine, narcotics and stimulants. Plants were also ecologically important for maintaining the populations of terrestrial fauna that hunter-gatherers once foraged upon for their subsistence. The flora has helped shape Aboriginal cultures over the millennia since their Ancestors first occupied the Australian continent.

Australian Plants as Aboriginal Tools describes the species that were essential as the means for manufacturing Aboriginal weapons, tools, shelter, watercraft, ceremonial objects, clothing, ornaments and paint. Australian Plants as Aboriginal Tools demonstrates how hunter-gatherers lived by making objects from plants and investigates similarities and differences of plant uses across Aboriginal Australia, as well as their distinctiveness in relation to practices from other parts of the world. An overview of the changing relationship that Aboriginal people have with the flora is given, along with a description of current trends. The present work is jointly concerned with the ethnobotany and economic botany of Aboriginal Australia.


- Plants into Artefacts
- The Australian Aboriginal Toolkit
- Ephemeral Subsistence Tools
- Camp Life Ephemera
- Working with Green Timber
- Sticking Things Together
- Universal Wrappers of Bark & Broad-leaves
- From Fibre to Object
- Plants to Decorate
- Aboriginal Artefacts in Transition
- The 'New' Material Culture
- Plants, Artefacts & Cultural Identity

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