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Where the Ancestors Walked

This work delves into the exciting story of one of the oldest continuous civilizations on earth. Beginning with the complexities of early human colonization and continuing through later European resettlement, the history of Australia's native people is told in a wide-ranging and sympathetic fashion. Drawing on research from anthropology, cultural geography, and environmental studies, the intricate and changing ways in which aborigines and white settlers have related to each other is discussed and the origins of aboriginal art, medicine, and music are chronicled.
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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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""

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