June 7, 2008
How cool is the Didgeridoo music… turn up the volume!
The Australian Aborigines are, like so many ‘primitive’ races, a truly remarkable people and I’m ashamed to say, Australia in general, have treated them appallingly. This race of people have been in Australia for over 60,000 years, which means they have experienced probably two Ice ages at least, and managed to thrive in areas that most white men, would be lucky to see out a couple of days without their technology.
Their ability to survive on this continent is a credit to their ingenuity, though those ignorant of what that means may mistakingly judge them by their lack of worldly goods, or the fact that they never developed animal husbandry. Well, taking the issue of animal husbandry first… just what were they going to practice on, there were no cattle of any description, no sheep, goats, pigs or rabbits, till white man arrived, and no primitive fence was ever going to contain Kangaroos nor Emus.
Regarding farming, our continent is very old so the soils weren’t brilliant, the rain fall over the vast majority of Australia is minimal, so farming even now is difficult, and would be still so without irrigation over most of Australia. Yet they not only survived they developed a rich culture with an oral history going back tens of thousands of years, an art form which is part of that history, in that it describes their history and records where food and water can be gotten.
Now if you would like to learn more and see the sorts of country they survive in check out the Warakurna Community, pull back on the map and have a look around… think about how long you would survive in this type of country.