Australian Aboriginal Studies

A scholarly journal publishing original research on the cultures and lifestyles of Australia?s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Content includes studies, research reports, news briefs, and reviews of books and films. This is the official pub

Articles from Vol. 2010, No. 1, Spring

Aborigines and Activism: Race, Aborigines and the Coming of the Sixties to Australia
Aborigines and Activism: Race, Aborigines and the coming of the sixties to Australia Jennifer Clark 2008, UWA Press, Crawley, WA, vii+308pp, ISBN 9780980296570 (pbk) The 1950s saw the growing strength of decolonisation so much so that by February...
A Time for Change? Indigenous Heritage Values and Management Practice in the Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes Region, South Australia
Abstract: The Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes in South Australia have long been recognised under the Ramsar Convention for their natural heritage values. Less well known is the fact that this area also has high social and cultural values, encompassing...
A Tribute: Vale Darrell Arthur West: 25 April 1945-24 March 2009
Darrell West was a man of the sea, most content when camped on the coast, sitting in front of a fire with a drink in one hand and a muttonbird (Shearwater) roasting slowly over the coals. Undoubtedly, his love of the sea stemmed from his childhood...
Captain Cook Was Here
Captain Cook Was Here Maria Nugent 2009, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 164pp, ISBN 9780521762403 (hbk) About ten years ago during a bus trip in Canberra I was privy to the following conversation between two women sitting in the row in...
Determinants of Tribunal Outcomes for Indigenous Footballers
Abstract: This paper reports on a study that examined whether football tribunal members" judgments concerning players' alleged misdemeanours on the sporting field are likely to be shaped by extra-evidential factors that disadvantage players from Indigenous...
Developing a Database for Australian Indigenous Kinship Terminology: The AustKin Project
Abstract: In order to make Australian Indigenous kinship vocabulary from hundreds of sources comparable, searchable and accessible for research and community purposes, we have developed a database that collates these resources. The creation of such...
Editorial
As a multi-disciplinary journal, Australian Aboriginal Studies is a forum for papers that consider and discuss a broad range of often interrelated topics and issues. In this non-thematic edition, they are distributed across health, psychology, sport,...
Hearts and Minds: Evolving Understandings of Chronic Cardiovascular Disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations
Abstract: Using the experience and reflections of a non-Indigenous clinician and researcher, Randolph Spargo, who has worked in remote Aboriginal Australia for more than 40 years, this paper tracks how those at the clinical coal-face thought and responded...
Kenneth Colbung AM, MBE, JP: 2 September 1931-13 January 2010
Ken Colbung was a larger than life character who spoke with equal power and effect to his fellow Aboriginals, particularly his fellow Nyoongahs, and the broader community. Both communities embraced him. Because of the breadth and longevity of his activities,...
Mediating Conflict in the Age of Native Title
Abstract: Mediators have played roles in managing conflict in Aboriginal societies for a long time. This paper discusses some of the similarities and differences between older customary mediator roles and those of the modern Native Title process. ...
The Bone Readers: Atoms, Genes and the Politics of Australia's Deep Past
The Bone Readers: Atoms, genes and the politics of Australia's deep past Claudio Tuniz, Richard Gillespie and Cheryl Jones 2009, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 256pp, ISBN 9781741147285 (pbk) The past 50 years have seen the development of remarkable...
The Economics of Grindstone Production at Narcoonowie Quarry, Strzelecki Desert
Introduction In arid Australia the importance of grass and acacia seeds as grain led to a substantial demand by Aboriginal groups for replacement grinding slabs. This demand was met in some areas by large grindstone quarries that supplied millstones...
The Native Title Market
The Native Title Market David Ritter 2009, UWA Publishing, Crawley, WA, xi+90pp, ISBN 9781921401169 (pbk) Contesting Native Title: From controversy to consensus in the struggle over Indigenous land rights David Ritter 2009, Allen &...
Timothy Korkanoon: A Child Artist at the Merri Creek Baptist Aboriginal School, Melbourne, Victoria, 1846-47 --a New Interpretation of His Life and Work
Abstract: This paper is concerned with the Coranderrk Aboriginal artist Timothy Korkanoon. Research has uncovered more about his life before he settled at the Coranderrk station in 1863. Evidence is provided that five sketches acquired by George Augustus...
'Where's Your Country?' New Approaches for Working with Problematic Alcohol Use among Indigenous Australians in an Urban Setting
Introduction Conversations between Indigenous Australians meeting each other for the first time often include the question, 'Where's your country?'. 'Country' is used by Indigenous Australians to refer to land which for them has historical and cultural...
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