First footprints : the epic story of the first Australians / Scott Cane.Material type: TextPublisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: x, 316 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781743314937 Other title: Epic story of the first Australians : first footprintsSubject(s): Tjantjanu | Lantil | Yawa | Tjapaltjarri, Warlimpirrnga, approximately 1958- | Yarti | First footprints (Television program) | Aboriginal Australians -- History | Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions | Aboriginal Australians -- Antiquities | Prehistoric peoples -- Australia | Australia -- History -- To 1788 | Lake Mungo / Walls of China (Willandra SW NSW SI54-08) | Willandra Lakes (SW NSW SI54-08) | Tasmania (Tas) | Nawarla Gabarnmang (NT Top End SD53-09) | Carpenters Gap (WA West Kimberley SE51-08) | Murujuga / Burrup Peninsula (WA West Pilbara SF50-02) | Paruku / Lake Gregory (Central WA Great Sandy Desert SF52-01) | Devils Lair (SW WA SI50-09)DDC classification: 305.89915
"Based on the stunning ABC TV series"--Cover.
Includes bibliographical references (page 279-309) and index.
Some 60,000 years ago, a small group of people landed on Australia's northern coast. They were the first oceanic mariners and this great southern land was their new home. Gigantic mammals roamed the plains and enormous crocodiles, giant snakes and goannas nestled in the estuaries and savannahs. First Footprints tells the epic story of Australia's Aboriginal people. It is a story of ancient life on the driest continent on earth through the greatest environmental changes experienced in human history: ice ages, extreme drought and inundating seas. It is chronicled through astonishing archaeological discoveries, ancient oral histories and the largest and oldest art galleries on earth. Australia's first inhabitants were the first people to believe in an afterlife, cremate their dead, engrave representations of the human face, and depict human sound and emotion. They created new technologies, designed ornamentation, engaged in trade, and created the earliest documents of war. Ultimately, they developed a sustainable society based on shared religious tradition and far-reaching social networks across the length and breadth of Australia. First Footprints tells the largely unknown and captivating story of Australia's remarkable heritage.