Typha root: an ancient nutritious food in Noongar culture

In our paper on bardi grubs we mooted the possibility that indigenous people of southwestern Australia practised the earliest known form of insect husbandry. It is not hard to imagine that these same people also practised a type of incipient agriculture, as noted by Grey (1841: 294) with his reference to the cultivation of yunjeedie … Continued

Aborigines and the Cottesloe Coast

The following paper was presented by consulting anthropologist Ken Macintyre at the Fish Habitat Protection Area (FHPA) Seminar sponsored by Coastcare in May 2004. It was during mid to late summer (birok, Dec-Jan) and burnoru (Feb-March) that indigenous people used to frequent a place called Mudurup (pronounced Moodoorup) which we now know as the Cottesloe coastal … Continued

Factoring Aboriginal Environmental Values in Major Planning Projects

‘We’re not against development….Why can’t you mob listen to us and meet us halfway. You can have your development and we can keep our bushland and keep the rivers clean for your children and ours. What we are against is cutting down all the vegetation, dirty­ing up the rivers and groundwater and planting all those … Continued

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