Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies

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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

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 189 x 235 x 35mm | 710g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 1742169635
  • 9781742169637
  • 137,996

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Learn more about the rich cultures of Australia's first peoples

What's the Dreamtime? What's a corroboree for? Who were the Stolen Generations? Indigenous Australia For Dummies answers these questions and more, exploring life before Captain Cook, the impact of European settlement and contemporary Indigenous cultures. Discover the history, traditions, struggles and triumphs of the diverse peoples that make up Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Experience 60,000 years of culture -- appreciate the variety and complexity of Indigenous communities across mainland Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

Get the facts on Indigenous Australians since Europeans arrived -- read about what happened when the British colony was established at Sydney Cove

Explore significant political moments in Indigenous history -- learn about the 1967 Referendum, PM Paul Keating's Redfern speech, the Mabo verdict, PM Kevin Rudd's apology and other events

See how Indigenous peoples took charge of their political future -- examine the land rights debate and the era of reconciliation

Learn about celebrated Indigenous artists -- recognise famous Indigenous people in art, music, dance, literature and theatre

Understand the importance of sport to Indigenous Australians -- read about traditional sports making a comeback, and about famous Indigenous sportspeople

Identify the issues facing Indigenous Australians today -- uncover current issues in Indigenous health and housing, employment and education, land rights and self-determination

Open the book and find:

Traditional values and ways of life in Indigenous communities

Profiles of famous Indigenous people in a variety of fields

Important Indigenous cultural sites across Australia

Ten key legal decisions in Australian history

The truth behind myths and stereotypes of Indigenous Australians

Details about ongoing struggles to access equal opportunities and secure human rights

Learn to:

Understand the impact of Britishcolonisation on Indigenous peoples

Appreciate important milestones in Indigenous rights

Admire the work of Indigenous artists, activists and sportspeople

Grasp the issues facing modern Indigenous communities
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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 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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About Larissa Behrendt

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.
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