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1 I ndigenous A ustralian C ulture Leah Burns N Ph: au

2 I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land upon which this university stands. As part of the oldest surviving and continuous culture in the world, I pay my respects to the Spirit of this land and her people.

3 Outline Lecture on Indigenous Australians –Who they are –What is culture? –History –Key Issues Lunch with Gumurrii Student Support Unit “Sausage sizzle”

4 Readings Broome, R Aboriginal Australians: A history since th Edition. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin. First Australians. SBS series. 2xDO6s

5 Not Homogenous

6 Who is an Indigenous Person?

7 Who is an Indigenous Australian? Descendant of original inhabitants Identifies as indigenous person Is accepted by the community as such

8 What is Culture? A blue print for the way we live The sum total of knowledge, attitudes and habitual behaviour patterns shared and transmitted by the members of a particular society

9 History 2000 generations Here at least years ( ?)

10 Lived in Diverse Ecologies

11 Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle Nomadic Simple technology Intimate knowledge of the environment E.g. use of fire

12 Population low density thought to be stationary , living in 500 tribes

13 Organisation Bands Kinship Egalitarian –no specialisation of labour Reciprocity and sharing –no surplus

14 Religion The Dreaming The Dreamtime Sacred sites Totemism –Beliefs and practices in which relations are postulated between people or groups of people and natural species, objects or phenomena (Horton 1994:1093).

15 Some Key Dates 1788 Settlement –(or “invasion”) 1967 Referendum

16 Some Key Dates 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy

17 Some Key Dates 1976 Northern Territory Land Rights Act 1985 Uluru - co-management

18 Some Key Dates 1788 Settlement –(or “invasion”) 1967 Referendum 1972 Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1976 Northern Territory Land Rights Act 1985 Uluru: Co-management 1993 Native Title Act

19 Native Title

20 Some Key Issues Stolen Generation Land Rights

21 Land Issues

22 ABORIGINAL Birth –Descent from owners –Birth in a place Knowledge Responsibility EUROPEAN Cultivation –Adding value Exclusion Alienability

23 Some Key Issues Stolen Generation Land Rights Health

24 Population

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27 2012

28 Aborigines and the Law Aborigines 20 times more likely to be picked up by police 10 to 20 times more likely to be goaled, often for relatively trivial offences 20 times more likely to die in custody Explanations social dislocation abuse of discretionary powers of police institutional discrimination Remedies reduce numbers in custody (decriminalisation drunkenness, modified police practice) reduce risk of death (supervision, monitoring, improved accommodation) eradicating underlying causes (economic, educational, land, health etc.)

29 The Intervention

30 The Nature of the Intervention Justified by child abuse rates –(13.7 per 1000, same as Qld non-indigenous) Quarantining 50% of welfare payments Cancellation of Commonweath Development Employment Program schemes Cancellation of permit system Suspension of Racial Discrimination Act No consultation with communities

31 The Apology

32 Multi-choice Questions 1. Since the arrival of Europeans, the population of Indigenous Australians a.has steadily increased b. has steadily decreased c. decreased at first, but is now thought to be about the same as it was when Europeans arrived d.increased at first, but is now lower than it was thought to be when Europeans arrived 2. A national referendum, at which 89% of all Australians agreed that Aborigines should be included as citizens and allowed to vote, was held in a.1958 b.1967 c.1972 d Aboriginal culture was undermined by a.The introduction of diseases to which Indigenous Australians were not immune b.A reduction in population numbers due to fighting with Europeans c.Indigenous children being taken from their parents, to be brought up as Europeans in missions d.All of the above 4.The Native Title Act in 1993 a.Gave Indigenous Australians the right to vote b.Gave all land back to Indigenous Australians c.Was the legislation under which Uluru was returned to the Indigenous people of Australia d.Overturned the notion of ‘terra nullius’ in Australia 5. The ‘Stolen Generation’ refers to a. Indigenous children who were taken from their parents, to be brought up as Europeans in missions b.A generation of Indigenous Australians who were not educated c. A process of ‘blackbirding’ during which Indigenous Australians were forcibly removed from the country to work as slave labourers overseas d.None of the above

33 References Broome, R Aboriginal Australians: A history since th Edition. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin. Horton, D. (ed) 1994 The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press. Bringing Them Home report 1997 Videos available in the Griffith Library: SBS First Australians. Mabo: Life of an Island Man Brisbane Dreaming: An Aboriginal History of Brisbane Our History: Colonists Arrive After Mabo Frontier Stone Country Rabbit Proof Fence Ten Canoes


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