Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies


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Indigenous Australia for Dummies by Larissa Behrendt

A comprehensive, relevant, and accessible look at all aspects ofIndigenous Australian history and culture

What is The Dreaming? How many different Indigenous tribes andlanguages once existed in Australia? What is the purpose of acorroboree? What effect do the events of the past have onIndigenous peoples today? Indigenous Australia For Dummiesanswers these questions and countless others about the oldest raceon Earth. It explores Indigenous life in Australia before 1770, theimpact of white settlement, the ongoing struggle by Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander peoples to secure their human rights andequal treatment under the law, and much more.

Celebrating the contributions of Indigenous people tocontemporary Australian culture, the book explores Indigenous art,music, dance, literature, film, sport, and spirituality. Itdiscusses the concept of modern Indigenous identity and examinesthe ongoing challenges facing Indigenous communities today, fromhealth and housing to employment and education, land rights, andself-determination.

  • Explores significant political moments—such as PaulKeating's Redfern Speech and Kevin Rudd's apology, and more
  • Profiles celebrated people and organisations in a variety offields, from Cathy Freeman to Albert Namatjira to the BangarraDance Theatre and the National Aboriginal Radio Service
  • Challenges common stereotypes about Indigenous people anddiscusses current debates, such as a land rights and inequalitiesin health and education

This book will enlighten readers of all backgrounds about thehistory, struggles and triumphs of the diverse, proud, andfascinating peoples that make up Australia's Indigenouscommunities. With a foreword by former PM Malcolm Fraser,Indigenous Australia For Dummies is a must-read account ofAustralia's first people.

'Indigenous Australia For Dummies is an importantcontribution to the broad debate and to a better understanding ofour past history. Hopefully it will influence futureevents.'—Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742169637
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai and Kamillaroi woman. She is Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the author of several novels and books about Indigenous issues. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year and 2011 New South Wales Australian of the Year.

Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Introduction 1

Part I: An Ancient People: Then and Now 5

Chapter 1: Understanding Indigenous Australia 7

Chapter 2: Rich Past, Strong Traditions 17

Chapter 3: A Land of Cultural Diversity 35

Chapter 4: Traditional Cultural Values and Practices 51

Part II: Invasion 69

Chapter 5: First Contacts 71

Chapter 6: The Brits' First Colony: 1788 79

Chapter 7: Pushing the Boundaries of the Colony 91

Chapter 8: Land, Livestock and Loss 113

Chapter 9: Taking the Children 127

Part III: Indigenous Activism 145

Chapter 10: Citizenship Rights 147

Chapter 11: The 1967 Referendum 169

Chapter 12: Land Rights 183

Chapter 13: The Era of Reconciliation 203

Chapter 14: Practical Reconciliation 223

Chapter 15: The Apology and Beyond 241

Part IV: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures 253

Chapter 16: More than Rocks and Dots: Indigenous Art 255

Chapter 17: Singing and Dancing 277

Chapter 18: Indigenous Literature: We've Always BeenStorytellers 293

Chapter 19: Performance Storytelling: Film, Theatre, Televisionand Radio 305

Chapter 20: Indigenous People and Sport 331

Part V: Dealing with Current Issues 355

Chapter 21: Social Issues: Health, Housing, Education andEmployment 357

Chapter 22: Legal and Governance Issues 377

Part VI: The Part of Tens 395

Chapter 23: Ten Important Indigenous Cultural Sites 397

Chapter 24: Ten Indigenous Firsts 401

Chapter 25: Ten Myths about Indigenous People 407

Chapter 26: Ten Key Legal Decisions 413

Glossary 419

Index 421

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