Staement fromthe heart
In this highly original and much-needed book, Clare Land interrogates the often fraught endeavours of activists from colonial backgrounds seeking to be politically supportive of Indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Land argues that the predominant impulses which drive middle-class settler activists to support Indigenous people cannot lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change unless they are significantly transformed through a process of both public political action and critical self-reflection.
Based on a wealth of in-depth, original research, and focussing in particular on Australia, where - despite strident challenges - the vestiges of British law and cultural power have restrained the nation's emergence out of colonizing dynamics, Decolonizing Solidarity provides a vital resource for those involved in Indigenous activism and scholarship.
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Decolonizing Solidarity is a nuanced and insightful examination of the complexity and challenges of being an ally to Indigenous struggles. It serves as an excellent and much-needed guide for all of us working for, with, or on behalf of marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author of Uprooting Racism
Adrian Newstead’s explosive memoir lifts the lid on what Robert Hughes once described as “the last great art movement of the 20th century.” After thirty years sitting round campfires with Aboriginal artists all over Australia, Newstead has produced the definitive expose of “the first great art movement of the 21st century”. From remote indigenous communities with their dispossessed populations of tribal elders and troubled youth, to the gleaming white box galleries, high powered auction houses, and formidable art institutions of major cities all over the world,
Newstead combines personal anecdotes with an insider’s grasp of the inter national art market. With vivid portraits of artists, dealers and scamsters, the book races from pre-contact and colonial days to the heady celebrations of the Sydney Olympics and the devastating impact of the global financial crisis. Newstead’s humour, love and respect for his subjects produces a story that reads at times like a thriller and also a lament for a lost world.
WBN reviewers gave five stars to The Dealer is the Devil, Adrian Newstead’s ‘personal and encyclopaedic’ examination of the Indigenous art industry
Adrian is interviewed on the Bush Telegraph
Over most of the twentieth century, Indigenous people throughout Australia have had their wages, savings and pensions largely controlled by governments and their agencies. These practices are referred to today as the Stolen Wages policies.
This book is the first comprehensive study on the history and impact of past Stolen Wages policies in Victoria. The book details the findings of several consultations conducted with Indigenous communities. It also analyses the exclusion of Indigenous people from Commonwealth and Victorian social security benefits. Further, the book explores the history of employment and wages of Indigenous people in Victoria, including employment controls, underpayments and Indigenous trust funds.
This book addresses a significant period in the history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in Victoria.
Dr Andrew Gunstone is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University.
Sadie Heckenberg is a Wiradjuri woman from New South Wales and an Honours student and tutor in the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University.
Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health Food shop where his boss pressures him to gather native plants for natural remedies. This leads him to his Nukunu family in southern Flinders Ranges and the discovery of a world steeped in cultural knowledge.
In the wake of the release of Anderson/Wild Little Children Are Sacred report, the Howard government has declared a national emergency and mobilised a coalition of police, army and others in what they suggest will be the ‘first phase’ of a program to tackle child sexual abuse in remote Aboriginal Australia. Using both the language and strategic force of a military campaign, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has described his government’s new approach towards Aboriginal communities in the terms: ‘stabilise, normalise, exit’.
Edited by Jon Altman, Director of the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, and Melinda Hinkson, Lecturer in Anthropology at the ANU, this book is an urgent critical response to the government’s actions. A wide range of authors contextualise the crisis facing remote Aboriginal communities and the government’s most recent response in light of the history of and wider policy towards Aboriginal Australia. The book considers how the rhetoric of emergency excludes such questions as whether the government itself is complicit in the state of remote Aboriginal communities; how the approach to tackling child sexual abuse dovetails with the government’s broader goals in Indigenous affairs; the long-term effects of the government’s actions; and alternative responses to the Anderson/Wild report.
Historically, photographs of Indigenous Australians were produced in unequal and exploitative circumstances. Today, however, such images represent a rich cultural heritage for descendants, who see them in distinctive and positive ways. Calling the shots brings together researchers who are using this rich archive to explore Aboriginal history, to identify relatives, and to reclaim culture. It reverses the colonial gaze to focus on the interactions between photographer and Indigenous people — and the living meanings the photos have today. The result is a fresh perspective on Australia’s past, and on present-day Indigenous identities.
'The volume provides an unprecedented platform for Aboriginal Australians to voice their perspectives about photography and present their own research and/or photographic collections … as a reader/viewer, you cannot but marvel at the palpable connection between the photographer and the photographed.'
-Marianne Riphagen, Oceania, vol. 85, issue 1, 2015
'A Decision to Discriminate' is the latest book in a series of highly regarded publications by ‘concerned Australians’. These include “This Is What We Said”, “Walk With Us” and “NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations”.
”A Decision to Discriminate” demonstrates how our democratic processes failed Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory. It shows the process leading to decisions which were deeply flawed; a process miserably failing the people who provided evidence to its inquiries by ignoring their clearly expressed views and instead pushing the legislation through the House of Representatives before the Senate Inquiry report had been completed.
The events described here took their origins in 2007, when the government introduced the “Northern Territory Emergency Response” (NTER, commonly known as “NT Intervention”). This measure was set to last for 5 years, and shortly before its end of term the parliament passed a new legislation, ‘Stronger Futures’ on 29 June 2012.
This legislation imposes discriminatory legislation on Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory, effectively extending the failed Northern Territory Intervention for another ten years.
The responsible Minister at the time, Jenny Macklin, gives as reason for the new legislation: “Well the message loud and clear from Aboriginal people, from parents and grandparents is that they want this.” There were over 450 submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures Bills, coming from a diverse range of people and organizations including Aboriginal communities, lawyers, welfare agencies, human rights groups and churches.
The vast majority were highly critical of the Bills, e.g. Dr Gondarra OAM, Dhurili Clan Nation said: “… please do not let us down and say, ‘This is the legislation we are going to deal with, because the Aboriginal people are naughty boys and naughty girls and so we need to look after them and we need to treat them this way.’
No, we do not need that. We are not a puppet on a string. You do not play around with us. We want to be a free people. We want to determine our dignity and pride in being a people. That is the message that we are giving.”
Even some politicians acknowledged the rejection of these Bills, eg, Senator Scullion, the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, when he said: When we get to most communities any observer would say that Aboriginal people more generally hate the Intervention.
They do not like it, it invades their rights and they feel discriminated against. Despite of all the evidence and a huge number of voices speaking out against the “Stronger Futures” legislation, it received bipartisan support in both houses of the parliament and was passed with almost no opposition.
The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO in the foreword to the book makes the point, What I find almost equally disturbing as the policy of ignoring the participation and input of Aboriginal people into the decision making process is Government willingness to perpetuate and cloak racial discrimination against them as so called ‘special measures’ purporting to protect them, while at the same time abandoning any semblance of compliance with international obligations.
Unfortunately the voices of Aboriginal peoples are seldom heard in the public domain. In the tradition of its predecessors this book uses quotes as a way of recording what the people have said.
In 2009, carbon dating found that a fishtrap system at Lake Condah in south-west Victoria was an incredible 6,700 years old. Constructed by the Gunditjmara people, it is one of five sophisticated fishtrap systems that were built around the lake’s edge. A permanent supply of freshwater and abundant eels, fish and water plants meant the Gunditjmara led a settled life there – an experience without parallel among Aboriginal societies and landscapes in Australia.
Written by Gib Wettenhall with the Gunditjmara people, The People of Budj Bim brings to life the amazing, unknown story about their traditional eel aquaculture systems and associated stone house settlements, once dotted throughout the lakes, streams and ponds on the Mt Eccles lava flow in south-west Victoria. Known as the Budj Bim landscape, it was the setting for what Robbery Under Arms author, Rolf Boldrewood, called the Eumeralla War, a six year battle fought by Gunditjmara clans against squatters taking over their land. Budj Bim was the first Indigenous landscape to gain National Heritage listing in 2004.
The full colour book with images throughout provides an accessible, plain English introduction to the Budj Bim landscape and its Indigenous history. It is aimed at tourists, tour leaders, school groups, the community and the public in general. Funding for research, writing and production was provided by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.
Praise for The People of Budj Bim – and click here to see full copies of media reviews
“If ever there was a case for a locale to be granted World Heritage Area status, this new book provides vivid and persuasive evidence for just that. Full marks... for telling the story with such eloquence and clarity.” – Steve Robertson in the Portland Observer
"I wish that when I went on the obligatory school excursion to the Western District as a girl, I had been told the story of the people of Budj Bim. This clearly written, enlightening booklet is not only an excellent teaching tool but also a must-read for anyone who wants the full picture on the history of the Western District." Fiona Capp in The Age.
"A new book makes a wonderful contribution to our knowledge of the heritage of south-west Victoria. This book provides the perfect guide for the visitor wanting to explore the history of Budj Bim, The Mount Eccles National Park and the Kanawinka Geopark. Importantly, it tells the story from the Gunditjmara perspective, a story of ingenuity, tragedy and ultimately triumph." Anne Beggs Sunter in The Ballarat Courier
"This informative and well-researched booklet is not only an excellent teaching resource but also a must-read for any teacher or student with an interest in the living culture of the Gunditjmara." Review in Shine magazine for teachers.
This colour illustrated book presents the story of Elder Elizabeth 'Betty' Pike's finding of and growth in understanding herself as an Aboriginal person of mixed background and tells this through a re-telling and extensions of the story of the creation of the Platypus.
The proceeds of the book will be donated by the author to support the Opening the Doors Foundation: Keeping Koori Kids in Education.
The People of Gariwerd tells for the first time how Aboriginal people have maintained an intense and unbroken relationship with the peaks and plains of the Grampians / Gariwerd ranges since the last Ice Age to the present day.
Re-analysis of archaeological evidence uncovered that Aboriginal people had lived in shelters within the Grampians ranges for over 20,000 years. There is even evidence of village life having occurred at the very heart of the Grampians in places such as Lake Wartook. This new analysis stands in startling contrast to the formerly prevailing view that Aboriginal people first inhabited the Grampians ranges just 3-4,000 years ago, and then only visited occasionally for ceremonial purposes.
A readable and informative guide, the book recounts how Gariwerd’s indigenous communities, the Djab wurrung and the Jardwajali, lived together, managed the land, and used the landscape as a map telling them how to live. Ideal for schools and visitors to the Gariwerd/Grampians ranges.