Everything you'd like to know about Aboriginal Australia past and present, presented in an accessible, authoritative and straightforward style.
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
Dr Josephine Flood is a prominent archaeologist, recipient of the Centenary Medal and former director of the Aboriginal Heritage Section of the Australian Heritage Commission. She has published a number of books on Australian archaeology and history, including the influential Archaeology of the Dreamtime and The Riches of Ancient Australia.
Short-listed, Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History , 2007
Table Of Contents:
Notes on terminology
1. Exploration: European discovery of Australia
2. Colonisation: Early Sydney
3. Confrontation: Early Tasmania and Victoria
4. Depopulation: A century of struggle (1820s-1920s)
5. Tradition: Indigenous life at first contact
6. Origins: The last 50 000 years
7. Assimilation: A time of trouble (1930s-1970s)
8. Resilience: The story continues
Abbreviations to the notes
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Australasian & Pacific history