The continuity of Aboriginal fishing practices since 1788 has been driven by three key factors. First, fishing has been considered a cultural rather than merely a recreational activity by aboriginal people. Second, fishing became a crucial means of survival when other traditional practices were undermined by colonisation. Third, and closely related to this point, it has been relatively accessible, especially in comparison to land for hunting and resource gathering. Rivers and the coastline were not colonised as quickly as agricultural land and became relative safe havens for aboriginal people, just as their resources provided a means of subsistence and of supplementing insufficient government rations.
(100 cm W x 75 cm H) Canvas frame - Medium: Acrylic