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Kerwin, Dale: Aboriginal Dreaming Paths and Trading Routes. The Colonisation of the Australian Economic Landscape, Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, 2010, ISBN 978-1845193386

Inhaltsverzeichnis        ¦         Klappentext        ¦         Buchbesprechung


List of Illustrations, Figures and Maps -vii-

David Cahill: Series Editor’s Preface -xiii-

Author’s Preface -xvii-

Acknowledgements -xxiii-

Chapter One: Common Sense and Common Nonsense -1-

The continent of Australia -1-

The European imagination: the land and people of Australia -7-

An affluent society or just hunter-gatherers? -8-

Aboriginal people as beings -11-

An Aboriginal perspective -13-

Chapter 2: Coming of the Aliens -24-

Eura People and the first convict settlers -25-

Galgalla or smallpox -26-

A wilderness -34-

Chapter 3: Only the Learned Can Read -37-

Re-authoring -39-

The social game -50-

Bula (friend) -52-

Antiquity in Australia -53-

Population density -57-

To whom the land belongs -59-

Chapter 4: Maps, Travel and Trade as Cultural Processes -63-

Maps -65-

Astonomy and Astrology -67-

Myths -69-

Art -70-

Way-finding devices -74-

Toa -76-

Message sticks -77-

Shell middens -78-

Bora grounds -79-

Travel technology -80-

Travel -84-

Roads and trading routes -84-

The Pituri Road -86-

Whitefella knowledge of pituri -89-

Associated Dreaming tracks related to the trade in pituri -92-

Trade goods -97-

Shells -98-

Fur cloaks -100-

Ochre -101-

Market places / trade centres -103-

Stone -107-

Trading paths -109-

Storylines -113-

Song / story -115-

Chapter 5: To Travel Is to Learn -121-

South-east Queensland -122-

South-west Queensland corner: Mooraberrie (the Channel Country) -135-

The nomads and their penetration of the Aboriginal landscape -137-

Ludwig Leichhardt -139-

Thomas Mitchell highway to Carpentaria -141-

Edmund Kennedy -148-

The Gregory brothers -151-

The Jardine brothers -156-

W.O. Hodgkinson -157-

Stockmen and introduced beasts -159-

Chapter 6: Misrepresentation of the Grand Narrative – ‘Walk Softly in the Landscape’ -164-

Bibliography -171-

Index -187-


The dreaming paths of Aboriginal nations across Australia formed major ceremonial routes along which goods and knowledge flowed. These became the trade routes that criss-crossed Australia and transported religion and cultural values. This book highlights the valuable contribution Aboriginal people made in assisting European explorers, surveyors and stockmen to open the country for colonisation, and explores the interface between Aboriginal possession of the Australian continent and European colonisation and appropriation. Instead of positing a radical disjunction between cultural competencies, Dale Kerwin considers how European colonisation of Australia appropriated Aboriginal competence in terms of the landscape: by tapping into culinary and medicinal knowledge, water and resource knowledge, hunting, food collecting and path-finding. As a consequence of this assistance, Aboriginal dreaming paths and trading routes also became the routes and roads of colonisers. Indeed, the European colonisation of Australia owes much of its success to the deliberate process of Aboriginal land management practices. Dale Kerwin provides a social science context for the broader study of Aboriginal trading routes by providing an historic interpretation of the Aboriginal/European contact period. His book scrutinises arguments about nomadic and primitive societies, as well as Romantic views of culture and affluence. These circumstances and outcomes are juxtaposed with evidence that indicates that Aboriginal societies are substantially sedentary and highly developed, capable of functional differentiation and foresight – attributes previoulsy only granted to the European settlers. The hunter-gatherer image of Aboriginal society is rejected by providing evidence of crops cultivation and land management, as well as social arrangements that made best use of a hostile environment. This book is essential reading for all those who seek to have a better knowledge of Australia and its firts people: it inscribes Aboriginal people firmly in the body of Australian history.