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Prior to European contact, Aboriginal people used pituri (Duboisia bopwoodii) and bush tobacco (Nicotiana gossei, Nicotiana suaveolens, Nicotiana excelsior and Nicotiana ingulba) (Ratsch et al.
Traditional cultural tobacco use, rituals and knowledge of the pituri clans were lost (Brady 2013; Broome 2010).
But Jeanette Hoorn sees the criticism as her point of entry, and in her article it allows for a re-reading and contextualization of a racist film within 1930s society and as part of a prevalence then in Western cultures to construct colonial fictions of white supremacy, civilization, savagery, captive women, and illicit trade, in this case, Pituri, an indigenous drug.
This pathway moved southwest from Mt Isa through the pituri (Duboisia hopwoodii) growing region at Glenormiston before reaching Boulia.
However, the major focus of the chapter is on the Pituri Road, the network for trade in the psychoactive drug extracted from Duboisia hopwoodii, and the significant activities associated with this road and its trade.
One of the vehicles for this moralizing is the representation of the mysterious drug Pituri, which through a process of slippage in the film becomes entangled with the sub-plot that relates to opium dealing.
He focuses on pearl shell from the Pilbara and Kimberley coasts and how the pearl shell journeyed to the inland along three major routes, and how it was exchanged for spears, boomerangs, pituri and pigment.
Watson P 1983, This precious foliage: a study of the Aboriginal psychoactive drug pituri, Oceania Monograph 26, University of Sydney.
During the 1870s, Bancroft analysed properties of the pituri narcotic used by inland Aboriginal groups, which was later discovered to contain nicotine alkaloids (Bancroft 1872; Hicks and Le Messurier 1935; Peterson 1977; Watson 1983; Webb 1948:8-9, 1973:293-4).
Aboriginal people used the deserts for many thousands of years before the coming of the European, and their trade routes crossed the region, with Flinders Ranges ochre and Lake Eyre pituri being some of the goods traded over extremely long distances.
Pituri (Duboisia hopwoodii), of the family Solanaceae (which contains some of the most physiologically active plants), contains nicotine as a salt of organic acids, and in this form it does not pass readily through the mucus membrane into the body.