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'Same Time Poison, Same Time Good Tucker': The Cycad Palm in the South West Gulf of Carpentaria

Journal of Australian Studies
Issue 86 (2006)

Abstract: Use of cycad fruit by the Indigenous people in Australia as a dietary staple is interesting because of its extremely toxic and carcinogenic qualities, and because of the meticulous, labour-intensive methods required to prepare it for eating. While the cycad palm is a terrestrial food source, it has both economic and religious links to the sea and the maritime environment and is seen as the food that gives strength and vitality.

To cite this article: Bradley, John J. 'Same Time Poison, Same Time Good Tucker': The Cycad Palm in the South West Gulf of Carpentaria [online]. Journal of Australian Studies, No. 86, 2006: [121]-133. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=170919652564634;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1444-3058. [cited 09 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Bradley, John J; Source: Journal of Australian Studies, No. 86, 2006: [121]-133 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1444-3058 Subject: Aboriginal Australians--Social life and customs; Aboriginal Australians--Social conditions; Yanyuwa (Australian people); Aboriginal Australians--Food; Ethnobotany; Wild plants, Edible; Aboriginal Australians--Rites and ceremonies; Poisonous plants; Cycads; Garawa (Australian people); Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Llecturer, Anthropology, University of Queensland

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection