Ochre: an ancient health-giving cosmetic
Prepared by Ken Macintyre and Barb Dobson Research anthropologists ‘Both sexes smear their faces and the upper part of the body with red pigment (paloil), mixed with grease, which gives them a disagreeable odour. This they do, as they say, for the purpose of keeping themselves clean, and as a defence from the sun or … Continued
Geophagy: The Earth Eaters of Lower Southwestern Australia
An explanation of how one of the oldest cultures in the world used modified earth to stave off the pangs of hunger…..
Indigenous significance of Mudurup Rocks, Cottesloe
Mudurup Rocks is one of the last known and surviving indigenous mythological, ceremonial and fishing sites located on the Western Australian metropolitan coast.
Root Bark Eating in Southwestern Australia
Root bark is a little understood bush tucker that was once consumed by the indigenous Nyoongar people of inland southwestern Australia.1 The bark was collected to extract nutritious plant sugars found in the inner bark and vascular cambium of the roots of certain species of Eucalyptus trees. The living inner bark and vascular tissue forms … Continued
Macrozamia Sarcotesta (by-yu): a traditional food of the Noongar of Southwestern Australia
The traditional Noongar people of south-western Australia developed over many thousands of years an effective means of detoxifying and enhancing the nutrient food value of the bright red outer seedcoat of the toxic Macrozamia plant.