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Author Smith, Claire, 1957-

Title Country, kin and culture : survival of an Australian Aboriginal community / Claire Smith
Published Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2004


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  305.89915 Smi/Cka  AVAILABLE
 MELB  305.89915 Smi/Cka  AVAILABLE
Description x, 196 pages : illustrations, facsimile, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents 1. Contact and conflict -- 2. Surviving protection -- 3. Controlling the natives -- 4. Stockman time -- 5. Government time -- 6. The struggle for culture -- 7. The stolen generations -- 8. Growing empowerment -- 9. Surviving the present -- 10. A traditional future
Summary When Captain Cook landed on Australian shores he came into contact with one of the most dynamic, culturally rich and socially sophisticated societies that had ever existed. The human energy that other groups had directed into pyramids and other material edifices was channelled by Aboriginal people into complex cultural practices and elegant social structures. This book documents how one such community drew upon their sense of country, kin and culture to survive the incursions of British colonisation. It outlines their histories from before contact to the present, through a number of strategic interfaces between Aboriginal people and Australian government policies, ranging from protectionism and assimilation to self-determination and reconciliation. It presents the direct voices of Aboriginal people and government authorities via interviews and archival documents. This is a history not just of colonisation and resistance, but of cultural, social and political survival, even in the present day
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references : (pages [178]-183) and index
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Social life and customs.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Barunga (N.T.) -- History
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Barunga (N.T.) -- Social life and customs
Aboriginal Australians -- Barunga Region
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Barunga Region -- History
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Northern Territory -- Barunga Region -- Social life and customs
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2004353053
ISBN 1862545758 :
Other Titles Survival of an Australian Aboriginal community