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Author Aboriginal Community Elders Service.

Title Aboriginal elders' voices : stories of the "Tide of history" : Victorian indigenous elders' life stories & oral histories / The Aboriginal Community Elders Service & Kate Harvey
Published Melbourne : Aboriginal Community Elders Service : Language Australia, 2003


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  305.89915 Har/Aev  DUE 11-08-20
Description vi, 263 pages : maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents The writing team -- Indigenous elders: keepers of knowledge; custodians of land and culture -- Aboriginal lands -- Missions and reserves -- Growing up running from the welfare / Aunty Olive Jackson -- Respecting our Elders / Aunty Lola James -- If your mother didn't tell you, then your grandmother did! / Uncles Les Stewart -- Don't dwell on trouble / Aunty Audrey Critch -- There are my people / Aunty Gwen Nelson -- We were all cousins, more or less / Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner -- Aboriginality is about culture, not colour / Aunty Dianne Phillips -- Take up the opportunities we struggled to make / Aunty Frances Gallagher -- Home / Aunty Eileen Alberts -- We were supposed to forget our Aboriginality / Aunty Gwen Garoni -- Not enough heart to say sorry? / Uncle Brian Kennewell-Taylor -- Learning from indigenous elders: Keeping the traditions, keeping the culture strong; Since time immemorial; Invasion: the tide ran red; The flood of legislation; Stolen children; Cultural resistance: holding on to children traditions and land; Organised resistance: a movement is born; The 1950s: community resistance to race laws; The price of assimilation; The Aboriginal rights movement; After the flood: self-determination; Turning the tide -- Bibliography -- Appendix. Cultural custodianship: developing an indigenous methodology
Summary "Aboriginal Elders' Voices: Stories of the 'Tide of History'" is a collection of Victorian Indigenous Elders' life stories and oral histories. The Elders share their stories in an attempt to ensure that both sides of Australia's history are finally heard. These stories tell of cultural resistance on missions, of defying assimilation laws, of forever moving around to save children from the welfare. They document the development of both fringe and urban communities and work in the Aboriginal rights movement. They clarify the ways in which these experiences have affected the individual authors along with the indigenous population in general. Also included in the book is a brief history and analysis of the legislation, policies, attitudes and strategies that have affected the lives of the authors and their families since colonisation. This aspect provides an historical perspective, encouraging a deeper understanding of the Elders' stories. Reconciliation can only eventuate with an understanding gained from hearing and including the voices of Indigenous Australians. The time has come to listen.
Analysis Aborigines
Oral history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure.
Older Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Victoria -- Anecdotes.
Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Victoria -- Anecdotes.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Victoria -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Historiography.
Aboriginal Australians -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.
Aboriginal Australians.
Australia -- Race relations.
Genre/Form Biography.
Author Harvey, Kate, 1955-
Language Australia.
LC no. 2004463541
ISBN 0731126785 :
Other Titles Victorian indigenous elders' life stories and oral histories