Preface Introduction PART ONE: ORIGINS OF ABORIGINAL CULTURE 1. Early human colonisation A changing planet. Bridging the gap. Occupying 'new' land. Human impact on the landscape. 2. Religious landscapes The Dreaming. Sacred sites. The Skyworld and Underworld. 3. Kinship and family life Knowing your kin. Gender and taboos. Play and games. Rites of passage. 4. Mapping people Tribes and clans. Travelling ceremonies. Languages. Layering of identity. PART TWO: MATERIALS OF CULTURE 5. The hunting and gathering mode Food and water quest. Medicines and narcotics. Resource management. 6. The toolmaker Stone and bone as tools. Holding it together. Retooling. 7. The gatherer's toolkit Gathering implements. Clothing. Domestic life. 8. Weapons and hunting implements Weapons. Hunting and fishing. Watercraft. 9. Art and the music of the Dreaming Mythologic
Philip Clarke is Head of Anthropology and Manager of Sciences at the South Australian Museum.
Philip Clarke has penned an insightful and wide-ranging account of Australia's Aboriginal cultures from a perspective of great learning and insider privilege. It's an immensely significant work, revealing the extraordinary richness of one of the world's oldest continuous cultures. Tim Flannery, author, "The Future Eaters""