Effects of Pastoralism and Rabbits on the Economy and Culture of the Diyari People of North-Eastern South Australia

Brian Cooke

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    The contraction of Aboriginal people from South Australian desertsis associated with European pastoral expansion. Con?ned to areasnear water, livestock damaged vegetation locally, but introducedrabbits, not reliant on drinking water, spread well beyond pastoralsettlement. Thus, rabbits caused almost universal deserti?cationand were an equal factor in disrupting the former food web thatsustained Aboriginal people. Within 30 years of the rabbits¿ arrival,important totemic animals like rabbit bandicoots had disappeared,leaving the people not only short of traditional game but alsoculturally bereft. A comparative economic approach to Aboriginaltotemism explores changes in both ecological and cultural contexts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalAustralian Economic History Review
    Volumeonline
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    In: Australian Economic History Review, Vol. online, 2017, p. 1-19.

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