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

Indigenous Australia For Dummies

For Dummies Ser.

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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): 23.4 x 18.9  x 3.4
          Weight (kg): 0.68
          Edition Number: 1