Aboriginal Sciences encompass knowledge relating to chemistry, geology, physics, zoology, physiology, genetics, meteorology, astronomy, hydrology, nutrition and ecology. Aboriginal Contributions to medicine, mining, ecology, archaeology, anthropology, exploration, zoology, botany, agriculture, nutrition, fire management, bio-security, ecology restoration, land management, water storage and management, environmental sustainability, reduction of atmosphere pollution and bio-geography. Aboriginal Technologies such as the development of specialised tools, weapons, utensils, machines, clothing, blankets, torches, nets, traps, wells, weirs, farming, seed propagation, domestication of plants and seeds, storage of surplus grains including native rices/ millets/ grains/ flours/ seed/ moths and other edible produce. Aboriginal Processes both physical and chemical including lithic heat treatment, detoxification, farming, food production, stone knapping and stone tool making, skin tanning, the use of alkaloids and acids, use of poisons, production of medicines, medicine delivery, cooking methods, the production of pigments and dyes, production of adhesives, fire lighting methods, fibres including fishing line, string chord and rope production.
Australian Aboriginal cultures vary throughout the continent and the tribal people from different regions have different languages, weaponry, utensils, tools, basketry, art styles, ceremonial dress, and beliefs in their Ancestral Beings. Since the visitation and trading with the Macassan people (Indonesian and Malay) in the most northern areas of Australian shores and later the first European contact in Queensland in 1770 and then the European invasion in 1788, Aboriginal cultures have evolved, developed and changed immensely. Our cultures, beliefs, art, songs, stories, dances have been static and in continual flux, evolving over thousands of years.
EDITH Cowan University held Aboriginal cultural workshops at northern suburbs schools recently.
The university brought Brisbane-based Paul Burragun-Craft to Perth for the workshops in August.
The founder of the first ever all-Aboriginal boomerang team, Deadly Returns, taught boomerang workshops as well as sharing interstate culture knowledge about music, stories, language, traditional games and artefacts.
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