Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Research toward an Indigenous Perspective of Darwin

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Research toward an Indigenous Perspective of Darwin

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Ways of Seeing Aboriginal Darwin: A guide to important places of the past and present is the working title of a book to follow similar AIATSIS publications about other Australian cities, Aboriginal Sydney: A guide to important places of the past and present (Hinkson and Harris 2001), and The Melbourne Dreaming: A guide to the Aboriginal places of Melbourne (Eidelson 1997).

The purpose of the Aboriginal Sydney book was '... to give a different perspective on Sydney, through places that reveal its ancient past and honour the continuing, living Indigenous culture of the present', a 'guide book' and 'something of an alternative history of Sydney' (2001:xv). Aboriginal Darwin has similar aims, although differences in emphasis, approach and design are to be expected given the unique character of Darwin and of its Indigenous population. Aboriginal Studies Press will publish it in mid-2003 in full colour with photographs and maps. Sponsorship is being sought from various agencies in Darwin and already has been obtained from the Darwin City Council.

Anthropologist Dr Toni Bauman, once a resident of Darwin, commenced research and consultation on the project in May 2002. When in Darwin, she has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management within the faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies of Northern Territory University, to which she gave an informal seminar in October 2002. …

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