Words and Silences: Aboriginal Women, Politics and Land

Words and Silences: Aboriginal Women, Politics and Land

Words and Silences: Aboriginal Women, Politics and Land

Words and Silences: Aboriginal Women, Politics and Land

Synopsis

A fascinating investigation into how Aboriginal women communicate their knowledge to gain a public voice and recognition of their rights to land.

Excerpt

Words and Silences: Aboriginal Women, Politics and Land discusses, from a variety of perspectives, the gendered nature of Aboriginal knowledge and relationships to the land within the context of the Australian political and legal system. the contributors consider who can speak and be heard in this cross-cultural environment; who is silenced; and why some Aboriginal women must remain silent even when their land is threatened.

Only since the 1960s has the matter of Aboriginal rights to land become an issue in mainstream Australian politics. Before this period few non-Aboriginal Australians considered the implications of colonisation and dispossession for preexisting Aboriginal rights to land. Over the last 30–35 years there have been various attempts by Federal, State and Territory governments to recognise Aboriginal rights to land within the mainstream political and legal system. While these attempts represent a major shift in public acknowledgment of Aboriginal rights, they have required Aboriginal people to adapt their cultural understandings to a system which operates on very different lines. Aboriginal people have gained access to and some control of land, but their land claims have also resulted in confrontations with powerful mainstream economic and . . .

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