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Aboriginal Bush Tucker

Stock Photography By David C Hancock

Aboriginal people of Australia have been harvesting native food, known as "bush tucker", for centuries. They continue to do so today. Many of the plants and animals they harvest have stories and play a ceremonial part of their everyday lives. Some foods, such as witchety grubs in central Australia, are vital to establishing healthy babies and young children. In the north, turtles, water lilies and yams play a major nutritious role.

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Image #1. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Mahbilil Festival, Jabiru. magpie goose - a popular dish from the Kakadu Cultural Camp.

Image #2. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Daly River - Rosaria holds Tyson Cronin as he throws a long neck turtle on the coals; Diana Yarntjarrun looks on. Aboriginal bush tucker Photographer: David Hancock. Copyright: SkyScans

Image #3. Aboriginal Bush Tucker The Warrdeken Indigenous Protected Area, east of kakadu NP, is a large area that has been incorporated into the National Reserve Systme of parks and reserves. It is managed by local Aboriginal people who have responsibility for looking after the area, which is rich in fauna and flora and aboriginal cultural sites. Women gather water tuber - ankodjbang - in a creek running off the Arnhem Land Plateau. Mary Kalkkiwara (old lady grey hair), Carole Pamkal (dark frizzy hair red top), Merrill Namundja

Image #4. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Daly River - barramundi and long neck turtle about to go on the coals at Nauiyu community by the Daly River. Aboriginal indigenous bush tucker Photographer: David Hancock. Copyright: SkyScans

Image #5. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Djelk Indigenous Protected Area covers 673,200 hectares of central Arnhem Land plateau country, woodlands, floodplains and coastal areas out into the Arafura Sea magpie geese in a billabong Djelk Ranger Victor Rostron

Image #6. Aboriginal Bush Tucker The Warrdeken Indigenous Protected Area, east of kakadu NP, is a large area that has been incorporated into the National Reserve Systme of parks and reserves. It is managed by local Aboriginal people who have responsibility for looking after the area, which is rich in fauna and flora and aboriginal cultural sites. Women gather pandaus leaves for weaving on the Arnhem Land Plateau. Mary Kalkkiwara (old lady grey hair), Carole Pamkal (dark frizzy hair red top), Merrill Namundja (Seraine's

Image #7. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Efforts to revive and strengthen indigenous language in central australia ivolve linguists, missionary groups and traditional aboriginal women. Women from Ti Tree prepare to cook kangaroo tails and other tucker in the river bed of the Hanson River in central Australia - L to R: Eileen Campbell, April Campbell, wrapping kangaroo tails in foil

Image #8. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Djelk female rangers Felina Campion and Sandra Richards harvest billy goat plums (also known as kakadu plums) at the end of the wet season. The native fruit is extremely high in Vitamin C and are sold to pharmaceutical companies.

Image #9. Aboriginal Bush Tucker An Aboriginal woman picks "green plum", a small green berry that is very sweet and high in Vitamin C content. Aboriginal people eat green plum when it ripens at the end of the year.

Image #10. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Batju, or bush potato is found in the Top End. Aboriginal, tourism, bush tucker, vegetable, native

Image #11. Aboriginal Bush Tucker A Jawoyn Aboriginal girl holds "dol dol" or bush cucumber which will be eaten raw by members of her family, who live near Katherine in northern Australia.

Image #12. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tiwi Aboriginal man Tracy Purruntatamirri holds a handful of green turtle eggs dug from a nest on the beach.

Image #13. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Arnhem Land paperbark swamp - a typical environment for long-neck turtles which are much prized as Aboriginal bush tucker. Djelk ranger, Stuart Ankin. story: long-neck turtles. Australia reptile Aborigine Photographer: David Hancock. Copyright: SkyScans.

Image #14. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - Liverpool River near Havelock Falls - Keith Nadjamerrek, his son Ray and grandson Richard, with Ray's partner Eliza Nawiriddj - Keith is a traditional owner, and a Warddeken ranger - they are gathering and eating berries, bush tucker

Image #15. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Warddeken IPA - Arnhem Land - survey of rock art from the Contact Period - landscapes from air - Liverpool River near Havelock Falls - Keith Nadjamerrek, his son Ray and grandson Richard, with Ray's partner Eliza Nawiriddj - Keith is a traditional owner, and a Warddeken ranger - they are gathering and eating berries, bush tucker

Image #16. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Women at Wadeye collect Kakadu plum, or mimarral as it is known in the region. The fruit is processed at Wadeye. Althea Jabinee (centre) and Elizabeth Gumaduck (left) and Joanne Tchemjirr with the fruit

Image #17. Aboriginal Bush Tucker A young Aboriginal man from Daly River in northern Australia holds the stems and bulbs of water lillies gathered at a billbong (waterhole) on the floodplains of northern Australia. Both will be eaten as part of a salad.

Image #18. Aboriginal Bush Tucker A young Aboriginal couple from Daly River in northern Australia gather water lily stems and long neck turtles to be eaten back at their community.

Image #19. Aboriginal Bush Tucker A young Aboriginal man from Daly River holds up water lily stems and a long-neck turtle, collected in a freshwater billabong in northern Australia.

Image #20. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Witchetty grubs are found in the roots of an acacia tree known as the witchetty bush. They are the larvae of moths that burrow into and live in the roots, highly nutricious and ideal for growing children

Image #21. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Aboriginal youth gathers bush tucker from a billabong near Daly River. Waterlilies are a popular, easy-to-gather food

Image #22. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Aboriginal people collect long-neck turtles and lillies from Mission Hole billabong, near Daly River, for bush tucker. story: long-neck turtles. Australia reptile Aborigine

Image #23. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Dugong steaks, showing distinct layers of fat which make the dugong so popular with coastal Aboriginal people.

Image #24. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Aboriginal woman holds a witchity grub - excellent nutrition for growing children in central australia

Image #25. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Bush tomatoes are plentiful in the desert after heavy rains.

Image #26. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Witchetty grubs are found in the roots of an acacia tree - they are the larvae of moths that burrow into and live in the roots; they are also highly nutritious and ideal for growing children

Image #27. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Barramundi cooking on the coals

Image #28. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Bawinanga AC, Maningrida. Djelk female ranger Derrelene Yeeindilli, holds bush currants.

Image #29. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Witchetty grubs are rolled in the coals and eaten by mother and child. Aboriginal children in central Australia eat a lot of the grubs which are highly nutritious.

Image #30. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Kangaroo tails are cooked in the coals of a fire in central Australia. The tail of the kangaroo is full of fat and nutrition

Image #31. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Bawinanga AC, Maningrida. Djelk ranger Derrelene Yeeindilli with bush tucker gathered by women rangers. She holds Billy-goat plums also known as kakadu plum

Image #32. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Aboriginal kids at Daly River carry a recently-shot wallaby. Just as European children bring in the groceries so these children bring home the bush tucker

Image #33. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Aboriginal ladies at Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) beside a native fig tree. L-R: Marlene Jones Nambin, Rosie Thomson Nakamarra, Winnie Martin Nangala, Norma Joshua Nangala, Joy Waistcoat Nambin

Image #34. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tiwi men hunting for mangrove worm, mussels and other food found close to the water. Hyacinth Tungatalum with a mangrove worm

Image #35. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tiwi men hunting for mangrove worm, mussels and other food found close to the water. Tim Palipuaminni with a shirtful of mud mussels.

Image #36. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Walkabout Chefs - saltwater. Jolene and Vanita from Derby by the beach with Steve Sunk & mud crab. aboriginal indigenous food bush tucker

Image #37. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tiwi men hunting for mangrove worm, mussels and other food found close to the water. Tony Pilakui uses an axe to cut into a dead mangrove trunk, home to yeuli.

Image #38. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tiwi men hunting for mangrove worm, mussels and other food found close to the water. Joseph Puantulura and others gathering mud mussels.

Image #39. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tiwi men hunting for mangrove worm, mussels and other food found close to the water. Long bums

Image #40. Aboriginal Bush Tucker Aboriginal man and boy use a spear thrower to knock out the barb of a stingray they have speared in waters off Arnhem Land.

 

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