Many complex ways of collecting and preparing food were developed over thousands of years. Aboriginal people living on the coast or people from the Torres Strait Islands would probably have a large variety of foods in their diet including shellfish, turtles, dugongs, fish, berries, wild plums, figs, yams, ducks, goanna, kangaroos and others.
Women in Aboriginal Hunting and Gathering Women gathered small animals, seafood, insects, mushrooms and plant food. And just because gathering is physically less demanding, didn't mean that women didn't need techniques, skills and knowledge. In fact, in many ways they needed to know more than their .
Aborigines (ah-bow-RIH-jeh-neez) are people who have lived in Australia for approximately 40,000 to 60,000 years. The word comes from the Latin words— ab and origine —which mean "from the beginning." Historically, the Aborigines were hunters and gatherers, and a small percentage were still living this traditional lifestyle as of the twenty-first century.