Indigenous Australian Cookery, Past and Present

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JAS, Australia's Public Intellectual Forum, 2006, 87 (1), pp. 5 - 18
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It can be claimed that Indigenous Australian cookery is the world's oldest living culinary tradition. How ancient a tradition it can be considered depends on whether one has a scientific or a spiritual worldview. Most anthropologists' estimates of when Aboriginal people first set foot in Australia vary from 45,000 to 55,000 years ago. (1) Many Indigenous Australians, on the other hand, believe that they have been in Australia from time immemorial and therefore their culinary culture also dates ab origine, 'from the beginning'. People, culture and place are inextricably intertwined and bound together as far back in the past as human memory or imagination will reach.
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