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A different perspective on land management- worth a read
Reviewed in Australia on 13 January 2018
Bill Gammage’s book is an interesting thesis on land management by Australian indigenous peoples. He has collated some great stories and evidence coupled with illustrations. The book uses robust arguments. Unfortunately the book only reports one side of his argument. Gammage makes logical leaps from a few examples to a generalisation. While the book is for lay readers, he does not report for example where old maps, descriptions, paintings or drawings do not agree with his theory. He also does not seem to reported any indigenous descriptions of the landscape or whether there were none. The title assumes one group managed the land as one - but this is not demonstrated. That being said, the book certainly challenges our thinking about indigenous land management - that is a good thing.