Aboriginal Use of Native Plants


General Food Plants Medicinal Plants Weaving, Hunting and Collecting

Where to obtain plants and seeds

Growing Native Plants

Bibliography

Other sources of food

Bush Tucker to contemporary cuisine pamphlet - classroom activity from Board of Studies
http://arc.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/go/sc/food-technology/activities/bush-tucker-to-contemporary-cuisine-pamphlet/

BEYOND BUSH TUCKER: IMPLEMENTING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES THROUGH THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM - by Michael Michie, Jane Anlezark, Didamain Uibo, paper delivered at CONASTA, 1998
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~mmichie/bushtucker.html

Australian Native Foods: Plant Profiles - from CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
http://www.cse.csiro.au/research/nativefoods/crops/index.htm

Bush Foods: School Classroom Activities - from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/education/bush-foods-jump-off.html

Aboriginal Food Technology - Museum in a Box, books, multimedia, dioramas, and more from Australian Museum
http://www.austmus.gov.au/museum_box/boxes/aboriginal_food_techn.htm

Using Bush Plants - from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/education/using-bush-plants-jump-off.html

Aboriginal use of fungi - from Australian National Botanic Gardens (not plants but of interest to the topic)
http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/aboriginal.html

Caution: Many native plants used by the Aborigines contain toxins for which the Aborigines had developed preparation techniques to neutralise their effects.

Edible Plants - an article published in Australian Plants Online covering some Australian native plants and the toxins they contain, from Associations of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/ASGAP/APOL35/sep04-2.html


General

Eco schools grants - provides grants of $1500 to 60 schools each year, from Environmental Trust, NSW Environmental Protection Authority
http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/envtrust/ecoschools.htm

Our Indigenous Garden - a Weblog maintained by UniServe Science to encourage cooperation and collaboration in developing Indigenous Gardens
http://ozgarden.blogspot.com/

Bush Foods Canberra Times Supplement - from Canberra Times and Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/education/bush-food/Canberra-Times-Bushfoods.pdf

Our Wild Foods to the World - from the Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL25/mar02-5.html

Plants for People - an article in Ecos, Towards a Sustainable Future, CSIRO
http://www.publish.csiro.au/ecos/index.cfm?paper=EC123p22&sid=11

Plants of the Kakadu region - from Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/parks/kakadu/plantsanimalsland/plants.html

Horticulture Fact Sheets - including several on native plant cultivation from Primary Industries and Resources, South Australia
http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/pages/agriculture/agfactsheets/horti.htm%3AsectID=1870&tempID=1

Emerging Indigenous Crops of Australia - from Purdue University Center for New crops and Plant Products
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/v3-toc.html

Aboriginal walk - at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/sydney_gardens_domain/visitor_information/walks_and_tours/aboriginal_walk

Australian Native Bushfood Catalogue - from Ceres Permaculture & Bushfood Nursery
http://www.ceres.org.au/nursery/nursery_bfood_cat.html

Aboriginal Trail - at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
http://www.anbg.gov.au/anbg/aboriginal-trail.html

Aboriginal Plant Use in South-Eastern Australia - at Australian National Botanic Garden, Canberra
http://www.anbg.gov.au/aborig.s.e.aust/index.html

Aboriginal Uses of Plants Around Sydney -from Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants - includes useful species lists for fruit, greens etc
http://asgap.org.au/APOL10/jun98-6.html

Bush Food and Bush Medicine - from Roebourne School, WA
http://www.roebourne.wa.edu.au/culture/bush.htm

Tasmanian native plants - from Backyard Organic Gardening
http://home.vtown.com.au/dbellamy/native/native1.html

Australian Native Plants of Herring Island Park - an example of a self guided tour
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~herring/flora.htm

Fixing Country and Creating a Future - transcript on Earthbeat interview from ABC's Radio National
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s690130.htm

Bush Foods - a Handbook for Farmers and Investors from Australian Rural Research and Development Corporation
http://www.rirdc.gov.au/pub/handbook/bushfoods.pdf

Bush Tucker Excursions - Gardens and Walks

Royal Botanical Gardens Aboriginal Walk - from Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/sydney_gardens_domain/visitor_information/walks_and_tours/aboriginal_walk

Cadi Jam Ora - ABC Radio National Earthbeat Interview Transcript about the Aboriginal Walk
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s801240.htm

Bradleys Head Bush Food Tour - from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/parks.nsf/ParkDiscovery?OpenAgent&ParkKey=N0039

Aboriginal Trail - Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
http://www.anbg.gov.au/anbg/aboriginal-trail.html

Gundabooka Aboriginal Plants Trail - from Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
http://www.huntergardens.org.au/15gundabooka.htm

High'n'Wild Bushwalking - private company will organise tours in the Blue Mountains, NSW
http://www.high-n-wild.com.au/bushwalking.html

Plants for Medicine - A Self Guided Walk at Mt Annan Botanic Gardens
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/mount_annan_botanic_garden/visitor_information/walks_&_tours/plants_for_medicine

Gulgadya Muru - Grass Tree Track: Aboriginal self-guided walk at Manly Dam Reserve - from Warringah Council
http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/grasstreetrack.htm

Aboriginal Bush Resources Self-Guiding Plant Trail - from State of the Environment, Townsville
http://www.soe-townsville.org/town_common/foodtrail/


Food Plants

Native fruits bear sweet antioxidants - from CSIRO
http://www.csiro.au/news/ps3ax.html

Bush Tucker Plants - from Alexander Hills State High School, Queensland
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bushtucker/garden.html

Back to the Future: Where Now for Bush Foods? - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL18/jun00-1.html

Bush Food Species for Temperate Regions - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL12/dec98-2.html

Aboriginal Bush Food - from Royal Botanic Gardens
http://www.rbgsyd.gov.au/information_about_plants/botanical_info/aboriginal_bush_foods

Bush Tucker Plants - from Aussie SchoolHouse - Teachers on the Web
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bushtucker/

Cadi Jam Ora - ABC Earthbeat Interview Transcript about the Aboriginal Walk
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s801240.htm

BUSH TUCKER - from Society from growing Australian Plants, Queensland Region
http://www.sgapqld.org.au/bushtucker.html

Bush Foods in the Garden - a Factsheet from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s839492.htm

The Grass Tree: Its Uses and Abuses - from Society for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL33/mar04-5.html

Australian Bushfoods Magazine - including archive and fact sheets
http://www.hotkey.net.au/%7Ebushfood/index.htm

Glossary of Products - from Commercial Company, Mahogany Creek
http://www.mcd.com.au/html/glossary.html

Edible Acacias - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL25/mar02-3.html

Horticulture Fact Sheets - including several on native plant cultivation from Primary Industries and Resources, South Australia, including Bush Tomato, Wattleseed, Quandong, Native Citrus, Muntries, Davidson and Illawarra Plums and Mountain Pepper
http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/pages/agriculture/agfactsheets/horti.htm%3AsectID=1870&tempID=1

Australian Plants online September 1997 - contains article on Quandongs, from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL7/ac97-3.html


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Medicinal Plants

Plants for Medicine: Self-guided walk through the Terrace Garden - at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, near Campbelltown
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/mount_annan_botanic_garden/visitor_information/walks_&_tours/plants_for_medicine

Fishing | Hunting & Food Gathering | Plant Medicine - from an exhibiton at South Australian Museum
http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/ngurunderi/ng3htm.htm

Australian Bush Medicine - from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/education/pdfs/aboriginal-bush-medicines.pdf

Natural medicine - from ARC Grasslands
http://itserver.footscray.vic.edu.au/ARCgrasslands/natural%20medicine.htm

Healing Secrets of Aboriginal Bush Medicine - Source uncertain
http://www.bri.net.au/medicine.html


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Weaving, Hunting and Collecting

Xanthorrea - a Factsheet from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1145455.htm

The Grass Tree: Its Uses and Abuses - from Society for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/APOL33/mar04-5.html

REEDS AND GRASS -TREES - from an exhibition at South Australian Museum
http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/ngurunderi/ng5htm.htm

Ancient Resin - transcript from ABC's Quantum program
http://www.abc.net.au/quantum/s188496.htm

Foambark - Jagera pseudorhus - from Lamington National Park
http://lamington.nrsm.uq.edu.au/Documents/Plant/foambark.htm

Materials & Working Methods - of Yvonne Koolmatrie, from VCEART StudioArts
http://www.vceart.com/artists/koolmatrie/page.2.html

Yvonne Koolmatrie, Ngarrindjeri basket weaver - from Aboriginal Education, South Australia
http://www.aboriginaleducation.sa.edu.au/pages/Learners/Yvonne_Koolmatrie/


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Where to obtain seeds and plants

Outback Chef - has a range of seeds available and come with advice on germination and harvesting, also an Education Seed Kit with a variety of seeds to get your garden started
http://www.outbackchef.com.au/

Mother Natures Bush Tucker - consultant group that specialises in bush tucker
http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/custom/bushfood/seminars.htm

Suppliers of Seed of Australian Plants - from Association of Societies for the Growing of Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/seedsupp.html

Native Nursery, Mildura
http://www.nativenursery.com.au/shop/

Native Plant Nurseries
http://asgap.org.au/nursery.html

Common Native Grasses & Grass like Plants
http://www.ozbreed.com.au/Com_Nat_Grass.htm

Sydney Wildflower Nursery, Heathcote
http://www.sydwildflowers.com.au/

Native Nurseries in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory - from Indigenous Landscape Design Australia
http://ilda.sitesuite.ws/page/nurseries.html

Australian Native Edible & Medicinal Seed Service - from Guruna Nursery
http://www.guruna.com/seeds/bushtucker_full.htm

How to Propagate Australian Plants - from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/PROPGATE/plant01.htm

Students for Environmental Action - SEA Group at Torquay Primary School - students set up an indigenous plant nursery, from Victoria Museum
http://www.museum.vic.gov.au/futureharvest/gcptorquay.htm


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Growing Native Plants

Plant Propagation - from the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/propagat.html

Bush Foods in the Garden - Factsheet from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s839492.htm

Native Garden Design - fact sheet from Gardening Australia, printable version
http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-bin/common/printfriendly.pl?/gardening/stories/s4215.htm

Grass Trees - Xanthorrhea - from Gardening Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-bin/common/printfriendly.pl?/gardening/stories/s1145455.htm

Australian Societies for Growing Australian Plants
http://asgap.org.au/



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Bibliography

Australian Bushfoods - bibliography from Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
http://www.rirdc.gov.au/programs/nativefoods2.html

Traditional uses of Australian native plants - bibliography from Australian National Botanic Gardens
http://www.anbg.gov.au/bibliography/bushfood.html

Bruneteau, J-P. (1996) Tukka: Real Australian Food. Australia: New Holland.

Cribb, A.B. and Cribb, J.W. (1984) Wild Food in Australia 2nd Edition. Australia: Collins.

Daw, B., Walley, T. and Keighery, G. (1997) Bush Tucker Plants of the South-West Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Goddard, C. and Kalotas, A. (1995) Punu: Yankunytjatjara Plant Use: Traditional Methods of preparing foods, medicines, utentils and weapons from native plants. Alice Springs: Institute for Aboriginal Development Press.

Isaacs, J. (1996) A Comparison Guide to Bush Food. Sydney: Lansdowne Press.

Isaacs, J. (1999) Bush Food: Aboriginal Food and Herbal Medicine. Sydney: Lansdowne Press.

Lassak, E.V. and McCarthy, T. (1983) Australian medicinal plants. Methuen, North Ryde, NSW

Low, T. (1988) Wild Food Plant of Australia: A Field Guide. NSW: Angus & Robertson.

Miller, J.B., James, K.W. and Maggiore, P.M.A. (1993) Tables of Composition of Australian Aboriginal Foods. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Smith, K. and Smith, I. (1999) Grow your own Bushfoods. Australia: New Holland Publishers.

Stewart, K. and Percival, B. (1997) Bush foods of New South Wales. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.


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Other sources of food

Use of insects by Australian Aborigines - Reproduced courtesy Dr. Ron Cherry, University of Florida, First published 1991 in American Entomologist (32: 8-13)
http://www.bugbios.com/ced1/aust_abor.html
also
http://www.insects.org/ced1/aust_abor.html

Bogong Moth - fact sheet from Australian Museum
http://www.amonline.net.au/factsheets/bogong_moths.htm



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