Innovation: Knowledge and Ingenuity

AU$ 24.95

The First Knowledges Series

Ian J McNiven and Lynette Russell

What do you need to know to prosper as a people for at least 65,000 years?
The First Knowledges series provides a deeper understanding of the expertise and ingenuity of Indigenous Australians.

First Nations Australians are some of the oldest innovators in the world. Original developments in social and religious activities, trading strategies, technology and land-management are underpinned by philosophies that strengthen sustainability of Country and continue to be utilised today.

Innovation: Knowledge and Ingenuity reveals novel and creative practices such as: body shaping; cremation; sea hunting with the help of suckerfish; building artificial reefs for oyster farms; repurposing glass from Europeans into spearheads; economic responses to colonisation; and a Voice to Parliament.

In the first book to detail Indigenous innovations in Australia, Ian J McNiven and Lynette Russell showcase this legacy of First Nations peoples and how they offer resourceful ways of dealing with contemporary challenges that can benefit us all.

Description

The First Knowledges series offers an introduction to Indigenous knowledges in vital areas and their application to the present day and the future. Exploring practices such as architecture and design, land management, medicine, astronomy and innovation, this seven-book series brings together two very different ways of understanding the natural world: one ancient, the other modern. The seventh book focuses on innovation.

About the series: Each book is a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers and editors; the series is edited by Margo Neale, senior Indigenous curator at the National Museum of Australia.

Let this series begin the discussion.’ – Bruce Pascoe

‘An act of intellectual reconciliation.’ – Lynette Russell


Product details

Published 2023
Thames & Hudson Australia
Paperback, b&w, 244 pages.
ISBN: 9781760763039

Additional information

Weight 0.22 kg
Dimensions 197 × 131 × 18 mm

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