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Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Larissa Behrendt , The Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-742-16963-7

Aug 2013

448 pages

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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

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