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Warndu Mai (Good Food): Introducing Native Australian Ingredients to Your KitchenArtist/Author: Sullivan, Rebecca, Damien Courthard
This gorgeous illustrated, informative and contemporary cookbook and compendium of native foods will show you how to create truly Australian food and drinks at home. With a few small adjustments and a little experimentation you can prepare delicious food that is better for the Australian environment, is more sustainable and celebrates the amazing ingredients that are truly local. Warndu Mai (Good Food) contains information about seasonal availability, hints, tips and over 80 illustrated and accessible recipes showcasing Australian native foods, using ingredients such as Kakadu plum, native currants, finger lime and pepperberry to create unique dishes and treats – from wattleseed brownies, emu egg sponge cake and bunya nut pesto to native berry, cherry and lime cordial, strawberry gum pavlova and kangaroo carpaccio. It’s a must-have for every kitchen.
Australia’s First Naturalists: Indigenous Peoples’ Contribution to Early ZoologyArtist/Author: Olsen, Penny, Lynette Russell
Would Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson have ever crossed the Blue Mountains without the help of the local Aboriginal people? The invaluable role of local guides in this event is rarely recognised.
As silent partners, Aboriginal Australians gave Europeans their first views of iconic animals, such as the Koala and Superb Lyrebird, and helped to unravel the mystery of the egg-laying mammals: the Echidna and Platypus. Well into the twentieth century, Indigenous people were routinely engaged by collectors, illustrators and others with an interest in Australia’s animals. Yet this participation, if admitted at all, was generally barely acknowledged. However, when documented, it was clearly significant.
Penny Olsen and Lynette Russell have gathered together Aboriginal peoples’ contributions to demonstrate the crucial role they played in early Australian zoology. The writings of the early European naturalists clearly describe the valuable knowledge of the Indigenous people of the habits of Australia’s bizarre (to a European) fauna.
Australia’s First Naturalists is invaluable for those wanting to learn more about our original inhabitants’ contribution to the collection, recognition and classification of Australia’s unique fauna. It heightens our appreciation of the previously unrecognised complex knowledge of Indigenous societies.
I am Uluru: A Family’s StoryArtist/Author: Cowley, Jen with the Uluru Family
I am Uluru: A Family’s Story gives a glimpse into the hitherto untold story of the family entrusted as traditional owners and custodians of arguably Australia’s most iconic landmark – Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) and that country, which has been home to the Anangu (people of the Central Desert) for tens of thousands of years. The story begins at the relatively recent point in history known as “first contact” and follows the highs and lows of the family (and all Anangu’s) struggle to adapt to the increasingly European world while still holding on to their deeply traditional faith and way of life. Told with an intoxicating mix of personal recollection – in their own words – and well-researched and sensitively crafted creative and contextual narrative, the book takes the reader on a journey of discovery and enlightenment, but makes neither judgement nor conclusion – the reader is left to digest the knowledge and reach their own understanding. This book is not an exercise in finger pointing – it is simply one unique family’s contribution to the cultural landscape that has for too long been misunderstood, misrepresented and marginalised through a lack of understanding. The book is not an exercise in finger-pointing, it simply aims to open up as much of a traditional world as possible so that others might come to a place of greater understanding about the value of maintaining that sacred culture. Crafted over the course of three years of intensive contact on country with the elders of the Uluru family, the book has been described as “an important work”, “a great read”, “beautifully written”, “an emotional roller coaster” and “something all Australians should read”. First-person accounts from Uluru family members across three generations are stitched together with carefully researched contextual narrative and sensitively crafted creative storytelling to form a unique and well-rounded overview of a remarkable family’s history. I am Uluru is not only a thought-provoking and page-turning read, it is a document of national cultural significance and a tool of genuine reconciliation.
Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient AustraliaArtist/Author: Griffiths, Billy
‘Deftly weaving together biography, history and literature, an immense variety of Australian landscapes and ecologies with many and complex strands of archaeology, Griffiths brilliantly charts the history of modern Aboriginal archaeology in Australia……Rich and absorbing and at times spell-binding’ Grace Karskens
This book investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia by pioneering archaeologists. It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging.
‘Once every generation, a book comes along that marks the emergence of a powerful new literary voice and shifts our understanding of the nation’s past…. No other book has managed to convey the mystery and intricacy of Indigenous antiquity in quite the same way….’ Mark McKenna
Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture, (New Edition)Artist/Author: Pascoe, Bruce
Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent…[It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’ — Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.
Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 (Fourth Edition)Artist/Author: Broome, Richard
A powerful history of black-white encounters in Australia since colonisation, this fully updated edition remains the only concise survey of Aboriginal history since 1788.
In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern. Since its first edition in 1982, Broome’s Aboriginal Australians has won acclaim as a classic account of race relations in Australia. This fully rewritten fourth edition continues the story, covering the uneven implementation of native title, the plight of remote Aboriginal communities, the ‘Intervention’ and the landmark apology to the ‘stolen generations’ by Federal Parliament.
Between the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology of Southeastern AustraliaArtist/Author: Frankel, David
This book explores the Indigenous archaeology of Victoria, focusing on areas south and east of the Murray River. Frankel considers the nature of archaeological evidence and what archaeology reveals about the Indigenous society.
Kakadu & Nitmiluk: A Guide to the Rocks, Landforms, Plants, Animals, Aboriginal Culture, and Human ImpactArtist/Author: Hoatson, Dean et al
Kakadu and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks are unique in Australia in terms of their diversity of geological, cultural and biological values. Both parks are renowned for sandstone plateaus with spectacular gorges and escarpments, and contain some of the oldest and finest collections of Aboriginal rock art in the world. The parks support a remarkable abundance and variety of plants and animals, many of them rare or not found anywhere else. Kakadu is also famous for its extensive wetlands and is one of the few World Heritage areas listed for both its natural and cultural values.
This guidebook has been written by experts from the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, Northern Territory Geological Survey, Environment Australia, Parks Australia, and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Written for the non-specialist, the guidebook provides a concise and authoritative account of the rocks, landforms, plants, animals, Aboriginal culture and exploration history of the Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. There is also information on places to visit, walking trails, camping facilities, commercial tours and helpful hints on getting the most from your visit.
Noongar Bush Medicine: Medicinal Plants of the South-West of Western AustraliaArtist/Author: Horsfall, John, Vivienne Hansen
Noongar Bush Medicine provides for the first time a comprehensive account of the the medicinal plants that were used by Aboriginal people of the south-west of Western Australia before European settlement.
The book is a guide to how to use plants for alternative treatments and protection from common ailments.
Aboriginal CountryArtist/Author: Bellear, Lisa, Edited by Jen Jewel Brown
Much of Lisa Bellear’s poetry is politics made eloquent. In Aboriginal Country many poems seem to spark with frustrated energy over Australia’s political crossed circuits regarding a treaty with our First Nations peoples – as promised by Prime Minister Hawke in 1988. Reading the title poem for the first time I was struck by its power. We are on Aboriginal Country in Australia. With subtle barbs she wakes us as to how the ‘ownership’ (via naming ‘rights’) of Australian public lands and monuments lauds absent white English royalty and ‘intrepid god fearing discoverers’. Yet in her closing lines the poet transforms this potential for bitterness into a moment of hushed respect for country. – Jen Jewel Brown, Editor
I am one of many Australians who never met Lisa Bellear, yet was shocked by her unexpected and tragic passing. These poems are her gift! In this collection the poems resonate her warrior spirit, and the spirit of Aboriginal Country, as was her wish. – Ali Cobby Eckermann, Nunga poet and writer
Lisa Bellear became a close friend when I studied and taught at Melbourne University from the mid-1990s. During that time she became renowned not only as a poet but also as a community photographer recording numerous events and people in the local Aboriginal community. Her sudden departure was a great shock to all who knew her, but she lives on in our memories because her poems and photographs are the powerful legacy she left us. – Dr Gary Foley, Associate Professor in History, Moondani Balluk, Victoria University
Aboriginal Myths: Tales of the DreamtimeArtist/Author: Reed, A.W.
Aboriginal Myths: Tales of the Dreamtime gives a fascinating glimpse of the wild and entertaining deeds of the mythic beings populating Aboriginal spiritual life. From acts of creation and the deeds of the Great Spirit, to totemic ancestors and tales explaining natural phenomena, this delightful collection of stories paints a picture of the mystical bond that exists between Aboriginal people, the environment and the spirit life of the Dreamtime.
Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians Since 1788 (Third Edition)Artist/Author: Elder, Bruce
Blood on the Wattle draws together, in a single volume, most of the information about the massacres of Aboriginal people which has been recorded in books and journals. It also creates a broad-based level of awareness of the scale of the massacres of Aboriginal people so that this dimension of Australian history can become part of the Australian consciousness.
Bruce Elder, the author is a writer, commentator, and journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald specialising in travel and popular culture. His other areas of expertise include film, television and popular music. He has written extensively about Australia and has a passion for Australian history. He has been involved in writing over 60 books, including Blood on the Wattle which, in 2000, was nominated as one of the 10 most influential works of non-fiction published in Australia in the twentieth century.