Aboriginal people did not see land as their property. They believed themselves to be an integral part of the land and managed resources accordingly.
Country also provided them with the natural fibres and resources they needed to harvest bush tucker.
And then there were other sources of natural string that could be put to use – such as using the sinew in kangaroo tails to sew together possum coats ...
Adapting to life after being displaced by the arrival of Europeans, involved developing new ways to live on Country.
This recollection told by Uncle Douglas Cook talks of how the first huts were made on Cabbage Tree Island and how the local bush tucker provided a rich resource to help sustain life.