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Indigenous Australia For Dummies : For Dummies Ser. - Larissa Behrendt

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 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

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.

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        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

        ISBN: 9781742169637
        ISBN-10: 1742169635
        Series: For Dummies Ser.
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 448
        Published: 5th April 2012
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.8  x 3.0
        Edition Number: 1