The Logic of Unending Travel

  • Geoffrey Blainey


Aboriginals cocooned their landscape and daily life and human relationships with myth and make-believe, and for a long time that attitude fascinated the more tolerant scholars and disillusioned others. Aboriginals also had a deep understanding of so many conditions which affected their daily life.


Torres Strait Islander Green Turtle Freshwater Mussel Scarce Food Word Taboo 
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