Forgotten Origin: Original Ancient Civilization
Steven Strong / Evan Strong
Steven and Evan Strong challenge the Out-of-Africa theory, looking at the strong DNA and archaeological evidence that Australia is where modern human beings – Homo sapiens sapiens – derived.
The Original Australians (referred to by some as Aboriginals), like so many indigenous peoples, have been stripped of their heritage by an aggressive European colonizing power while has re-written the history books, largely as an exercise in justifying exploitation, suppression, cultural genocide at best and in a number of cases, actual racial extinction as with the mainland Tasmanians. Partially to justify these crimes, and partially through a cultural blindness, the original Australians were perceived as, and portrayed as, the most ‘backward’ and ‘primitive’ of people.
Yet, as the Strongs show, Original Australians had a rich culture which may have sown the first seeds of spirituality in the world. They had the technology to make international seafaring voyages and have left traces in the Americas and possibly, Japan, Southern India, Egypt and elsewhere. They practiced brain surgery, invented the first hand tools and had knowledge of penicillin. Truly a story of a forgotten origin.
Steven and Evan Strong bring together thirty years of intensive research in consultation with Elders in the Original Australian community who have shared their knowledge and wisdom with the authors to an extent few people outside their community have been privileged to experience.
About Steven and Evan Strong
Steven Strong is an Australian-based researcher, historian, author and former high school teacher with a background in archaeology. He was involved in the formation of a Graduate Diploma of Aboriginal Education for the NSW Department of Education, writing units on Traditional Law and Contemporary History.
He also co-authored the highly successful “Aboriginal Australia: A Language and Cultural kit”. Steven have spent many years learning and living with the Bundjalung Language Confederation and Gumilaroi people of Northern NSW.