Aboriginal People of Victoria by Dr. Richard Broome

SECOND HAND BOOK

When the land was formless, Bunjil the great ancestral spirit carved bark figures and breathed life into them. Bunjil, Mindeye the Rainbow Serpent and other ancestral beings then shaped the land and dispersed the people over south-eastern Australia. While scientists consider there was an Aboriginal migration to Victoria, Aboriginal people and there stories believe they have always occupied this land.

No one disputes that Victorian Aboriginal people – Kooris as many now call themselves – originally owned this land, and the land owned them, for at least the past 50,000 years. Archaeologists unearthed the oldest site of continuous occupation on this continent at Keilor. People used this Maribyrnong River camp for at least 40,000 years. Over this long period, Aboriginal people experienced the final phase of volcanic activity, which made western Victoria the world’s third greatest basalt plain. They witnessed the extinction of the megafauna about 20.000 years ago. They saw massive climatic changes: from an ice age to the milder climate of the present. This warming caused rising seas, which reduced the size of Victoria by one quarter. Over millennia, Aborigines shaped the land by fire, encouraging grasslands for the yam, animal, and bird species they favoured.

Paperback, 24pp, 2002

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SECOND HAND BOOK

When the land was formless, Bunjil the great ancestral spirit carved bark figures and breathed life into them. Bunjil, Mindeye the Rainbow Serpent and other ancestral beings then shaped the land and dispersed the people over south-eastern Australia. While scientists consider there was an Aboriginal migration to Victoria, Aboriginal people and there stories believe they have always occupied this land.

No one disputes that Victorian Aboriginal people – Kooris as many now call themselves – originally owned this land, and the land owned them, for at least the past 50,000 years. Archaeologists unearthed the oldest site of continuous occupation on this continent at Keilor. People used this Maribyrnong River camp for at least 40,000 years. Over this long period, Aboriginal people experienced the final phase of volcanic activity, which made western Victoria the world’s third greatest basalt plain. They witnessed the extinction of the megafauna about 20.000 years ago. They saw massive climatic changes: from an ice age to the milder climate of the present. This warming caused rising seas, which reduced the size of Victoria by one quarter. Over millennia, Aborigines shaped the land by fire, encouraging grasslands for the yam, animal, and bird species they favoured.

Paperback, 24pp, 2002

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Weight 0.230 kg
Dimensions 29.6 × 21 × 0.3 cm

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