A comprehensive, relevant, and accessible look at all aspects ofIndigenous Australian history and culture
What is The Dreaming? How many different Indigenous tribes andlanguages once existed in Australia? What is the purpose of acorroboree? What effect do the events of the past have onIndigenous peoples today? Indigenous Australia For Dummiesanswers these questions and countless others about the oldest raceon Earth. It explores Indigenous life in Australia before 1770, theimpact of white settlement, the ongoing struggle by Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander peoples to secure their human rights andequal treatment under the law, and much more.
Celebrating the contributions of Indigenous people tocontemporary Australian culture, the book explores Indigenous art,music, dance, literature, film, sport, and spirituality. Itdiscusses the concept of modern Indigenous identity and examinesthe ongoing challenges facing Indigenous communities today, fromhealth and housing to employment and education, land rights, andself-determination. * Explores significant political moments--such as PaulKeating's Redfern Speech and Kevin Rudd's apology, and more * Profiles celebrated people and organisations in a variety offields, from Cathy Freeman to Albert Namatjira to the BangarraDance Theatre and the National Aboriginal Radio Service * Challenges common stereotypes about Indigenous people anddiscusses current debates, such as a land rights and inequalitiesin health and education
This book will enlighten readers of all backgrounds about thehistory, struggles and triumphs of the diverse, proud, andfascinating peoples that make up Australia's Indigenouscommunities. With a foreword by former PM Malcolm Fraser,Indigenous Australia For Dummies is a must-read account ofAustralia's first people.
'Indigenous Australia For Dummies is an importantcontribution to the broad debate and to a better understanding ofour past history. Hopefully it will influence futureevents.'--Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser