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. 2006, No. 2, Fall

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Healing
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UN 1948) came into being when the European empire was being dismantled and a new post-colonial era was heralded. The Declaration stated that everyone has the right to life and liberty, meaningful education...
AIATSIS Conference: September 2007
Theme: 'Forty Years On: Citizenship, political transformation and sustainability' Dates: Monday evening 5 to Thursday 8 November 2007 Venue: The Australian National University's Manning Clark Centre. The conference will investigate whether...
Australian Federalism and Aboriginal Health
Abstract: In this paper we explore the changing relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Australian state within the context of Australian federalism. Our particular focus is on the relationship between the institutional organisation of Australian...
Books Received for Review
Bardon, G & Bardon, J 2005, Papunya--a place made after the story: the beginnings of the Western Desert painting movement, Melbourne University Press, 496pp, ISBN 052285110X Bassani, Paddy & Lakefield, Albert with Tom Popp 2006, Lamalama...
Collection Report-Library
Barry Cundy writes: In June 2006 the Library purchased a copy of Franqois Peron and Louis Freycinet's Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes ... sur les corvettes le Geographe, le Naturaliste, et la Goelette le Casuarina, pendant les annees...
Compromised Jurisprudence: Native Title Cases since Mabo
Compromised jurisprudence: native title cases since Mabo Lisa Strelein Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2006, xii+218pp, ISBN 0855755334 Dr Lisa Strelein has, for some years, headed the Native Title Research Unit at AIATSIS from which she...
East Kimberley Concepts of Health and Illness: A Contribution to Intercultural Health Programs in Northern Australia
Abstract: East Kimberley concepts of health and illness can be discussed within a framework of Aboriginal cosmologies, ontologies, and relational practices. In Australian Aboriginal traditions, the cosmos and its life-forms were composed of ancestral...
Evidence-Based Policy Making in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Abstract: Evidence-based policy making in health is of great importance when addressing issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequalities. I explore the role of evidence in influencing the decisions of policy makers, and question...
Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians
Eye contact: photographing Indigenous Australians Jane Lydon Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2005, xxvi+303pp, ISBN 0822335727 I begin this review with an admission. Not versed in the arcane language of postmodernist theory or any...
'Gettin Em N Keepin Em': Indigenous Issues in Nursing Education
Abstract: The health of Indigenous Australians has been unacceptable for many years. Generations have never recovered from the effects of colonisation, genocide, and attempted assimilation. Introduced diseases, poor nutrition, dislocation of families...
'If We Come Together Our Health Will Be Happy': Aboriginal Men Seeking Ways to Better Health
Abstract: This paper arose out of research with men of the Western Desert of the Kimberley, Western Australia. While Aboriginal health is well known to be poor, not much is known about Aboriginal male experiences and perspectives of their health. In...
Many Exchanges: Archaeology, History, Community and the Work of Isabel McBryde
Ingereth Macfarlane with Mary-Jane Mountain and Robert Paton (eds) Aboriginal History, Canberra (Monograph 11), 2005, xxxv+412pp, ISBN 0958563772 As one who maintains only a cursory interest in Australian archaeology, I found this book a fascinating...
News from Aboriginal Studies Press
Accolades and inspiration for authors * Quentin Beresford's Rob Riley: ah Aboriginal leader's quest for justice, won the HREOC Award for Arts Non-Fiction. * Aboriginal Studies Press publishing style guide for authors and editors is now available....
Peopling the Cleland Hills: Aboriginal History in Western Central Australia 1850-1980
Peopling the Cleland Hills: Aboriginal history in western Central Australia 1850-1980 Michael A Smith Aboriginal History, Canberra (Monograph 12), 2005, 103pp, ISBN 0958563780 Peopling the Cleland Hills--the latest in the excellent series...
Putting the Users of Research in the Driver's Seat: The Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health's New Approach to Research Development
Abstract: Research has a bad name in many Aboriginal communities. There is an often quoted phrase that 'Aboriginal people are the most researched in the world', and that researchers take from communities in order to gain academic qualifications with...
Radiocarbon Dates from Middens around Darwin Harbour: Cultural Chronology of a Pre-European Landscape
Radiocarbon estimates from recent salvage excavations of Anadara-dominated mounded midden sites at Wickham Point just south of Darwin double the number of this type of cultural deposit in this area known to date to the period 500 to 2000 BP. These...
Raising the Profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men's Health: An Indigenous Man's Perspective
Abstract: This is a statement paper of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health issues and recent policy initiatives at the national level. During colonisation, Indigenous men were dispossessed of land and livelihood, status and authority,...
Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism
Recognizing Aboriginal title: the Mabo case and Indigenous resistance to English-settler colonialism Peter H Russell University of Toronto Press Inc., 2005, xii+470pp including notes, bibliography and index, ISBN 0802038638 Upon first hearing...
Research Program
Visiting Research Fellow--Intellectual Property, Dr Jane Anderson, has finished her current tenure with AIATSIS. Successful launches of the AIATSIS reports on cultural institutions and IP and community protocols were held in the Mabo Room on 16 June...
Research Seminars
2006 second semester seminar series: 'Aboriginal Art and Identity' A significant number of AIATSIS Research grantees, staff and visitors are working on projects which explore different aspects of Indigenous art production and how this production...
Shifting Expectations of Treatment: From 'Patient as Individual' to 'Patient as Social Person'
Abstract: With focus on an all-Aboriginal community in rural central-western New South Wales, and developing the notion of treatment as ' a site of negotiation', I illustrate the socially and culturally distinctive understandings of what it means to...
The Grog Book
The grog book Maggie Brady Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, 2005, revised edition, xii+254pp, ISBN 0642826277 The grog book is an information package for persons who are dealing with alcohol use and misuse. It is a valuable...
The Rise and Fall of Daisy O'Dwyer
A while ago I gave some thought to becoming a 'blogger' but in the event settled for the less ambitious project of an e-diary with occasional memoirs intended for an audience of family and friends. The editor of Australian Aboriginal Studies thought...
The Universal Citizen: An Indigenous Citizenship Framework for the Twenty-First Century
Abstract: The present urgency across the world is for Indigenous peoples to take leadership in addressing the spiritual and humanist inadequacies of Western cultural development. It is time to join with others who have found their way out from under...
They Used to Call It Sandy Blight: Aboriginal Health and Censorship in Australia
Abstract: In 1977, a documentary film entitled They used to call it Sandy Blight was produced by independent filmmakers on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, a program to survey and treat the eye health of rural Australians, particularly...
Trying to Make a Difference: A Critical Analysis of Health Care during Pregnancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women
Abstract: This paper critically examines pregnancy health care and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, to explore the question of what might 'make a difference'. More antenatal care, and in particular Aboriginal women attending...
Whither Anthropology?
It is disappointing that Peter Sutton (Australian Aboriginal Studies 2005/2) responded so very selectively to my criticism of his article 'The politics of suffering' and instead chose to mount a general attack on some of my published work. Let me spell...
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