Indigenous Australian food groups

Indigenous Australian peoples traditionally classified food sources in a methodical way. Below are a few examples.

In Central Australia, people used innovative ways to obtain a balanced diet. The food categories, and their Arrernte names are:

In the Top End, seafood plays an important part in the diet. The food groups and their Yolngu names are: The old people would talk about the food and drink and the food groups and the need to supplement their diet with fresh water. While this balance was maintained, the people knew they were eating correctly. When they would come back, they would be craving murnya foods after having eaten so much meat and eggs. Meanwhile, the women, children and old people in the camps would be looking forward to gonyil, after eating so much murnyaƋ ‘.

<references /> * Trudgen, Richard, Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, ARDS, Darwin, 1996, p 140

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