Original Australians: Story of the Aboriginal people
The Original Australians tells the story of Australian Aboriginal history and society from its distant beginnings to the present day. From the wisdom and paintings of the Dreamtime, to the first contacts between Europeans and indigenous Australians, right through to modern times, it offers an insight into the life and experiences of the world's oldest culture. The resilience and adaptability of Aboriginal people over millennia is one of the great human stories of all time.
Josephine Flood answers the questions about Aboriginal Australia that Australians and visitors often ask: Where did the Aborigines come from and when? How did they survive in such a harsh environment? What was the traditional role of Aboriginal women? Why didn't colonists sign treaties with Aboriginal people? Were Aboriginal children 'stolen'? Why are there so many problems in Aboriginal communities today? And many more.
This rich account aims to understand both black and white perspectives and is fascinating reading for anyone who wants to discover Aboriginal Australia.
'Another enthralling account by Josephine Flood, of Australian Aborigines! Her ensuring respect for her fellow humans underwrites every part of her exploration of the life and times of the Aboriginal people.'
Pat O'Shane, Magistrate
This is an up-to-the-minute and balanced account of Aboriginal experience from earliest prehistory to today. Clearly written and well-illustrated, this is the best book to give someone who wants to know about Aborigines, their survival through the millennia, and the experiences they have to contribute to modern Australia.'
Emeritus Professor Campbell Macknight, Australian National University
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This is a well intentioned book and it tries to be impartial . The writing style is clear and the topics are generally well researched. However, I found it frustrating as some statements or opinions are drawn from limited evidence and occasionally applied to all aboriginals when an example may be specific to one area. There are also some contradictions - on one page it states that aboriginals produced little food above their day to day needs, the only exception being ceremonies. On the same page there is reference to aboriginal trade networks including food.
I found it disappointing that more information was not drawn from the earlier explorers. It is also disappointing that There is no significant insight into the smallpox epidemic of 1789, its cause and its eventual scope.
Nevertheless, it is a useful contribution to this topic.
3 Confrontation Early Tasmania and Victoria
4 Depopulation A century of struggle 1820s1920s
5 Tradition Indigenous life at first contact
6 Origins The last 50 000 years
7 Assimilation A time of trouble 1930s1970s
8 Resilience The story continues
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