Australia’s Indigenous Knowledge and knowledge systems are by their very nature complex and interdisciplinary and cannot be viewed as mere subsets of Australia’s Western knowledge systems. To provide an easy to navigate, central resource that brings together information about Indigenous knowledge and knowledge systems, as well as indigenous studies these pages, have been structured into six themes:
Over 60,000 years. Indigenous food knowledges have continued to develop and refine a variety of methods for the processing, cooking, and preserving of native flora and fauna. Indigenous native foods are commonly referred to as ‘Bush Tucker’ and are notably nutrition dense, sustainable food options for the Australian continent. Indigenous food knowledge ranges from the agricultural practices used to farm crop plants, to the intricate traps engineered to filter and capture eel populations, medicinal and health properties of native foods, and the preservation methods used to prepare meats for long distance transport. In this section, we provide resources relating to these areas.
Australia is a vast land with hugely variable environments. Since the First Australians arrived so many millennia ago, Australia has seen sea-level rise, significant volcanic activity, changes in rainfall, and changes in river patterns. From understanding where reliable water desert is found in the desert to the use of fire for managing game and horticulture, the First Australian’s used Science in everyday life to thrive. Passed through oral teachings the observations were protected by complex systems to ensure that knowledge was retained and available to future generations. I think this might roll in with plants and animals
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Number patterns cover the diverse way that numbers, counting, and relationships between things can be expressed or considered. For some background of Indigenous number patterns, or mathematics see this video for the AECC website by Quandamooka man and Professor of mathematics, Chris Matthews.
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|Plants and Animals
The First Australians had millennia to study the way that land, plants and animals interacted and were interlinked. Their ability to observe and collect information about these natural systems allowed 60,000+ years of continuous culture. The earliest observational scientists who’s society is still with us. This encyclopedia-like knowledge and an understanding that nature was different across place and time, was vital to successfully inhabit every part of Australia. The perspectives that developed over those millennia are still here for us to learn from. The resources in Plants and Animals cover a wide range of resources from A to B[Photo by Curioso photography on Unsplash]