AGRICULTURE AND ECONOMY
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- How and what was acquired varied according to region.
- Were very keen on knowing exactly when and where everything was and whether it was edible.
- Very well balanced diets, even for today's standards.
- Two thirds of the day was spent foraging/hunting (both women and men)
- Mostly women would dig for edible roots, yams, forage for berries, fruit, insects, seeds, ect.
- Killed small animals with digging sticks
- Mostly men were hunters, small game often taken by hand.
- Large animals (emus, kangaroos, ect) disabled/damaged by club, stone, boomerang, spear
- Stayed downwind (keep scent clear when approaching animals) / covered themselves in mud to mask scent.
- Ran after prey when covered (out of view) or crawled and froze when approaching in flatter, more open areas.
- Disguised selves with mud, or held bush in front of self.
- Also used pelts to disguise; get within closer range of herds.
- Would disguise self with water plants while in the water- Lure water birds in with bait/bird calls until within reach.
- Emus could be caught by imitating movements (ex: with a stick/feathers)
- Fish: -taken by hand, stir up bottom of pool until they rise to the surface
-------- - crush leaves of poisonous plants, place in water.
-------- - fish spears, nets, traps, hooks made from bone/wood/spines were used in various parts of Australia.
- Hunting was often a co-operative effort, groups would corner animals near spearsmen, into traps or nets, snares, pits, ect.
- Water was a large concern in some areas; all knew various water holes in their area, drained dew, acquired water from plants, some dug up and squeezed out frogs which stored water in bodies.
- The people did not farm animals nor did they cultivate the soil for crops. **
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Example of a hunting tool, although used for fighting or ceremonial purposes














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