The Biggest Estate on Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

How Aborigines Made Australia

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Reveals the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people in presettlement Australia   Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park, with extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands, and abundant wildlife. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than most people have ever realized. For more than a decade, he has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire, the life cycles of native plants, and the natural flow of water to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and this book reveals how. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires Australians now experience. With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, this book rewrites the history of the continent, with huge implications for today.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : 2011
ISBN: 9781743311325
9781742377483
Branch Call Number: ANF 305.89915 GAMM
Characteristics: xxiii, 434 p. : col. ill., maps ; 26 cm

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Loganlib_Brad Mar 07, 2017

One of the most important works about Aboriginal culture ever published in my opinion. It's quite academic, so not exactly orientated towards a general audience, but if you stick with it you will be rewarded for your effort.


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Loganlib_Brad Mar 07, 2017

One of the most important works about Aboriginal culture ever published in my opinion. It's quite academic, so not exactly orientated towards a general audience, but if you stick with it you will be rewarded for your effort.

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Belindas
Feb 11, 2012

Have it on hold - sounds fascinating. When we went up to Arnhem Land and Kakadu, Katherine, Kimberleys etc...tis amazing how they live so simply on what is naturally there. Look forward to reading. Thanks for your review.

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tezza
Feb 11, 2012

A profound book because it documents new understandings of how Aborigines managed and farmed the land in a very knowledgable and conscious way. Needs to be read by all Australians!

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