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Argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession.

An introduction to Australia’s rich, indigenous culture, this guide is an invaluable resource for learning about the 60,000-year-old history of the country. The content is written by indigenous people and follows their cultural protocols and ethics.

A curated tourist guidebook offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors.

In a remarkable collaboration, Aboriginal elder David Mowaljarlai and photographer Jutta Malnic rekindle a story that reaches back 60,000 years, constituting the oldest memory of humankind. Tells of the Wandjina creation spirits of the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

A thorough examination of the problems that can arise when activists from colonial backgrounds seek to be politically supportive of indigenous struggles.

Superbly researched local history of the Djadja Wurrung people of Central Victoria. The story is a shocking one of destruction, decimation and dispossession, but, equally powerfully, it is not one of unceasing conflict.

Melbourne has a rich and complex Aboriginal heritage. Amongst the city landscape lie layers of a turbulent history and an ongoing vibrant culture. But you need to know where to look. The book allows you to to plan your own self-guided walk, from 30 minutes to a whole day.

Draws together, in a single volume, most of the information about the massacres of Aboriginal people which has been recorded in books and journals. Creates awareness of the scale of the massacres of Aboriginal people so that this dimension of Australian history can become part of the Australian consciousness.

Juvenile fiction

A lavish and comprehensive new history of Australia, told through the lives of children, Australians All tells the story of what it was like to grow up on our continent from the Ice Age to the Apology.

Detailing the red-eyed green tree frog that lives high in the rainforest canopy and the ants that weave threads of silk, among other fascinating inhabitants, this book unlocks the secrets of a Queensland rainforest.

Superb showcase and reverence for landscape—from the coast and the outback to the cities and plains, from dramatic gorges to rugged alpine peaks, and from barren deserts to lush rainforests.

Guide of Kakadu, in Australia's northern bush, encourages children to observe the landscape, birds, plants, and animals as well as the six Aboriginal seasons. Beautiful illustrations.

A unique picture book about having fun, sharing culture, and the power of story and dance. When three young boys go to a pizza parlor and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise!

How did turtle get his shell? Why do young koalas cling to their mothers' backs? How was the mighty Murray River created? Ten witty retellings of legends from the Yorta Yorta people to delight readers of all ages.

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Childhood stories of family, country and belonging What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question.

Recognizing that he was the last remaining speaker of Gagadju language, Bill Neidjie broke with tradition and committed his knowledge to print. He records aspects of his life for a younger generation of Gagadju, to help them look after their country and remember its stories.

The fate of the First Nations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is one of the most infamous chapters in Australian history. The men, women and children exiled to Flinders Island in the 1830s and 40s have often been written about, but never allowed to speak for themselves. This book aims to change that.

This is a the powerful and moving history in which Peter Coppin, or Kangkushot, remembers his life in Western Australia's Pilbara region and his involvement in the first strike of Aboriginal workers in the nation's history. 

A collaborative project of Indigenous graduate education training and higher education-tribal institution partnerships in the southwestern United States. Features the work of interdisciplinary scholars writing about local peoples, issues, and knowledges that demonstrate rich linkages between universities and Indigenous communities. 

Explores how and why inclusive and quality education is critical to sustainable development. It considers the indicators of inclusive and quality education, how the concept is evolving, and the ways in which these indicators are being pursued. (see Chapter 6 : Indigenous Knowledge, ESD and Inclusively)


Discusses how Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars can engage with storying as a tool that disassembles conventions of research. Explorers the concept of storying across different cultures, times and places, and discuss principles of storying and storying research, considering Indigenous, feminist and critical theory standpoints.

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