plants db - indigenous

1earth permaculture permaculture1 at
Sun Dec 30 10:34:51 EST 2001

>>It seems, on information supplied, that this woman was generalising
about 'white folk' the same way many Australians of European origin
generalise about Aboriginies.

This poor, and great, woman has seen the genocide of the Tasmanian
Aborigine and has experienced first hand murder, rape, torture, slave
labour, the introduction of smallpox and alcohol, and the kidnapping
of her babies, and experiences her daily doses of racial
villification.  Despite this, she is good natured and cares more about
the earth and it's people than many who adopt an ethic to do so.
Despite lengthy scientific and cultural arguments as to why she should
share her knowledge of the plants, I respect her wishes to be careful
as to whom this knowledge is passed to.


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