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Finding Resources in Accessit
Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Accessitfor more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Ancient Australia Unearthed by Kinsela, Alethea
Call Number: NFS 994 KIN
Publication Date: 2014
Drawing on archaeology to map 50,000 years of Australia's ancient past, Ancient Australia unearthed is an accessible history book that traces the evidence etched into the skin of this country to unearth the rich and complex history of this unique island continent.
Australian Greats by Cochrane, Peter
Call Number: NFS 305.824 AUS
Publication Date: 2008
First Australians by Karin Cox
Call Number: NFS 305.89915 COX
Publication Date: 2013
Treading Lightly by Tex Skuthorpe; Karl-Erik Sveiby
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Australian Aboriginals taught themselves thousands of years ago how to build a sustainable society in our fragile landscape. In a unique collaboration, a Swedish knowledge management professor finds out from an Aboriginal cultural custodian how they did it, and what we can learn from them.
The Story of Australia's People by Blainey, Geoffrey
Call Number: NFS 994 BLA
Publication Date: 2015
The first installment of a two-part work, this title covers Australia's early history, from the Indigenous Australians, to the arrival of Europeans, up to the early part of the 1800's.
Dark Emu by Pascoe, B
Call Number: 338.1 PAS
Publication Date: 2018
History has portrayed Australia's First Peoples, the Aboriginals, as hunter-gatherers who lived on an empty, uncultivated land. History is wrong. In this seminal book, Bruce Pascoe uncovers evidence that long before the arrival of white men, Aboriginal people across the continent were building dams and wells; planting, irrigating, and harvesting seeds, and then preserving the surplus and storing it in houses, sheds, or secure vessels; and creating elaborate cemeteries and manipulating the landscape. All of these behaviors were inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag, which turns out have been a convenient lie that worked to justify dispossession. Using compelling evidence from the records and diaries of early Australian explorers and colonists, he reveals that Aboriginal systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required -- for the benefit of all Australians.
The fossil remains of a series of lakes and sand formations that date from the Pleistocene can be found in this region, together with archaeological evidence of human occupation dating from 45–60,000 years ago.
ABC Radio Podcast- Lake Mungo
"I'm hoping that we will have a decision by the 40th year anniversary, by February 26th." We speak to the man who found the Mungo man, Professor James Bowler, about the history and legacy of the Mungo man.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife
The discovery sent shockwaves through archaeology but the remains of Mungo Man still hold secrets of First Australians.
Australia- The Land Where Time Began
A timeline of events in connection with the occupation of Australia by the humans, beginning with a suggestion of why the first migrants traveled to Australia, the volcanic eruption of Mt Toba in Indonesia that occurred 74,000 B
Insightful, irreverent, moving and unpredictable, this episode sets the record straight about what it's really like to be an Indigenous Australian.
This program encourages students to appreciate the different ways people view and present history, and to increase their awareness of the contribution of Aboriginal history to the wider Australian community.
Walkley award-winning writer Stan Grant tells the remarkable story of indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes. Through the backdrop of Goodes' journey, the film explores race, identity and belonging in Australia today.
Tui can only speak for herself. Join her as she gives her perspective on growing up as an Aboriginal person in city and country Western Australia. In her talk, she will share humorous anecdotes which touch on beauty, identity and language. Tui is a UWA Alumni and Aboriginal cultural advisor. Educated with part-time studies in the school of hard knocks, her list of work experience can be described as a "Jack of all trades" which includes: administrative investigator, observational evidence gatherer, project officer, Indigenous policymaker, artist, carpenter and cocktail maker. She is also a linguist-in-training and although she is a frustrated linguaphile who speaks only one language fluently, she has a passion for all languages and keeping home languages alive. As the former Indigenous Literacy Officer at the State Library of Western Australia, she was involved in an early year’s English literacy program for remote West Australian communities. She has also advocated for home language usage
Is it ever OK to ask how someone how Aboriginal they are? Our students and staff answer anonymously submitted questions to confront myths and stereotypes about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The report reveals that the early childhood education and Year 12 attainment targets are on track, while heartening improvements have been made in reading and numeracy, employment and health.
This year’s report marks a new era for Closing the Gap, and reflects a greater focus on partnership between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In March 2019, the Council of Australian Governments and the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations signed the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. The Partnership Agreement is guiding the development of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which will set out priorities over the next ten years.
Twelve-year-old Indigenous boy Dujuan Hoosan has appealed to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council to help bring to an end the jailing of 10-year-old children in Australia.
8 ways of understanding
The eight-way framework of Aboriginal pedagogy brings indigenous ways of knowing and being ‘out of the dusty corners of anthropology and linguistics’ and into the Australian classroom (Yunkaporta & Kirby 2011, p. 206). It comprises eight interconnected pedagogies that see teaching and learning as fundamentally holistic, non-linear, visual, kinaesthetic, social and contextualised.
Our Curriculum resources help teachers embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into teaching, learning and assessment materials.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. We promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.
Ancient Australia Unearthed- PDF
First Australians PDF
On February 26th, 1974 a young geologist managed to stretch Australian history by 20,000-odd years when he found 40,000-year-old human remains buried in a dry lake bed in south-western New South Wales.
Using these sources, it is possible to bring together a picture of the changing life of Aboriginal people in the Sydney region over many thousands of years.
Eora Nation podcasts with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck