Beware: Bush food can be dangerous

Australian indigenous “bush foods” over the years have become a big business with gourmet restaurants and the ever-expanding cultural tourist industry. This is all well and good but in Western Australia the bush-tucker industry is largely unregulated. It is not that we are seeking to impose strict government regulations over the bush tucker industry but … Continued

Indigenous science

For over 50,000 years the Noongar people of southwestern Australia possessed a complex scientific understanding of the natural world. They were familiar with the phenological breeding cycles and feeding habits of animals, birds, plants, reptiles and fish on which they depended for food. They were probably the world’s first astronomers in that they relied on … Continued

“Giving it back”

The philosophy of our virtual shed is to make anthropological information available in a clear, easy-to-read style and to give the reader awareness that anthropology is the study of us all. It can really make a difference when we develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and traditions. Our shed, like other anthropologists’ sheds, is … Continued

Kudjil the Crow man at Cottesloe

In an earlier paper https://anthropologyfromtheshed.com/project/ethnography-of-mudurup-rocks-in-cottesloe-and-its-connection-to-rottnest-island-wadjemup/we talked briefly about a notorious historical character by the name of Johnny Cudgel whose epic story merged with the pre-existing narrative of the ancestral Crow man at Mudurup (now Cottesloe). In early times the ancestral totemic crow/crowman was the over-arching mythology of the coastal strip at Mudurup.  The traditional belief was that crows (wardung, … Continued

Aboriginal sites are an important part of the heritage of the whole community

Why does the Western Australian State Government permit a foreign-owned cement company to gradually destroy through hard rock quarrying a portion of the Darling Escarpment adjacent to the popular John Forrest National Park? This quarrying activity is not only destroying pristine vegetation but is slowly desecrating one of Perth’s most ancient and unique Aboriginal site … Continued