Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Author(s): Behrendt

Cultural, Ideas, Political & Issues

A comprehensive, relevant, and accessible look at all aspects of Indigenous Australian history and culture What is The Dreaming? How many different Indigenous tribes and languages once existed in Australia? What is the purpose of a corroboree? What effect do the events of the past have on Indigenous peoples today? Indigenous Australia For Dummies answers these questions and countless others about the oldest race on Earth. It explores Indigenous life in Australia before 1770, the impact of white settlement, the ongoing struggle by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to secure their human rights and equal treatment under the law, and much more. Celebrating the contributions of Indigenous people to contemporary Australian culture, the book explores Indigenous art, music, dance, literature, film, sport, and spirituality. It discusses the concept of modern Indigenous identity and examines the ongoing challenges facing Indigenous communities today, from health and housing to employment and education, land rights, and self-determination. * Explores significant political moments?such as Paul Keating's Redfern Speech and Kevin Rudd's apology, and more * Profiles celebrated people and organisations in a variety of fields, from Cathy Freeman to Albert Namatjira to the Bangarra Dance Theatre and the National Aboriginal Radio Service * Challenges common stereotypes about Indigenous people and discusses current debates, such as a land rights and inequalities in health and education This book will enlighten readers of all backgrounds about the history, struggles and triumphs of the diverse, proud, and fascinating peoples that make up Australia's Indigenous communities. With a foreword by former PM Malcolm Fraser, Indigenous Australia For Dummies is a must-read account of Australia's first people. 'Indigenous Australia For Dummies is an important contribution to the broad debate and to a better understanding of our past history. Hopefully it will influence future events.'?Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser


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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.

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 Been Storytellers 293 Chapter 19: Performance Storytelling: Film, Theatre, Television and Radio 305 Chapter 20: Indigenous People and Sport 331 Part V: Dealing with Current Issues 355 Chapter 21: Social Issues: Health, Housing, Education and Employment 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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  • : 9781742169637
  • : John Wiley & Sons Australia, Limited
  • : John Wiley & Sons Australia, Limited
  • : 0.734
  • : May 2010
  • : 232mm X 188mm X 41mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
  • : 448
  • : 305.89915
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Behrendt