Australia's indigenous people have a history and culture that dates back many
thousands of years. It is a culture that is closely connected to the land around
them, through the variable landscape of mountain ranges to the desert sands,
from the rivers and lakes to the arid outback, tropical far north, to the
temperate coastal regions.
The landscape and everything in it, features prominently in all aspects
of Aboriginal culture, it is an affinity that has evolved over many thousands of
years, developed into a close understanding of the native flora and fauna around
After the devastating impact on their culture by the appearance of Europeans,
the Aboriginal people lost some of the knowledge that was their heritage. The
changes to their way of life and the death of many of their elders, meant that
much of their tradition and knowledge was not passed on.
The indigenous people of Australia, today are rediscovering and relearning from those
elders that have survived, proudly reclaiming their heritage and rights. It is
their knowledge of bush foods and bush medicine that sustained their culture,
that has now captured the interest of others. A market has sprung up around this
knowledge of Australian Bush
Tucker, Bush Food and Bush Medicine.
Whilst bush food and bush medicine may usually be associated with plants,
Aboriginal people also used the native wildlife as both food and medicine.
Certain animals and insects, not only provided sustenance, but held important