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. 2017, No. 1, Spring

A Regional Governance Structure for the Kimberley? Twenty-Five Years on from Crocodile Hole
Abstract: In 1991 a large bush meeting was held at Rugan in the East Kimberley, organised by the Kimberley Land Council and attended by more than 500 Aboriginal people from across the Kimberley. (1) This meeting is looked upon as one of the most significant...
Australian Indigenous Paediatric Sleep: A Descriptive Snapshot
Abstract: Sleep has a substantial impact on a number of health facets for individuals; however, there is a paucity of literature reporting the state of sleep health and frequency of sleep problems in Australian Indigenous children. This paper aims...
Collaborative Ethnomusicology: New Approaches to Music Research between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians
Collaborative ethnomusicology: new approaches to music research between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians Katelyn Barney (ed.) 2014 Lyrebird Press, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of VCA and MCM, The University of Melbourne, 202pp.,...
Critical Race Theory and the Orthodoxy of Race Neutrality: Examining the Denigration of Adam Goodes
Abstract: This study draws on critical race theory to examine common sense assumptions of race and racism so as to identify the distortions in logic in the justification that the booing of Indigenous athlete Adam Goodes was not 'racist'. It is claimed...
Drawings about Djang: Drawings on Paper by Jimmy Bireyula, 1983
Abstract: Interest in the drawings made by Aboriginal' people and collected by anthropologists as a feature of their research of graphic representation is increasing. Of particular concern is the status of these collections as intercultural artefacts...
Editorial
This edition includes papers on topics ranging from the reported sleep patterns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to a discussion of the meanings attached to drawings made by an Aboriginal historian from western Arnhem Land. As always,...
Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches
Engaging Indigenous economy: debating diverse approaches Will Sanders (ed.) 2016 ANU Press, The Australian National University, Acton, 328 pp, ill., map, 23cm, ISBN 9781760460037 (pbk) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Engaging Indigenous economy is a collection...
Just Relations: The Story of Mary Bennett's Crusade for Aboriginal Rights
Just relations: the story of Mary Bennett's crusade for Aboriginal rights Alison Holland 2015 UWA Publishing, Perth, WA, 480pp, ISBN 9781742586878 (pbk) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Historian Alison Holland charts the life and work of activist Mary...
Koolark Koort Koorliny: Reconciliation, Art and Storytelling in an Australian Aboriginal Community
Abstract: In Nyungar Country, in the south-west corner of Western Australia, reconciliation has taken a significant step forward as the whole community experiences the healing effect of the Carrolup artworks--a collection of 122 drawings and paintings...
Photoyarn: Aboriginal and Maori Girls' Researching Contemporary Boarding School Experiences
Abstract: Few studies have primarily addressed Indigenous girls' experiences in contemporary boarding schools in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. In response, this research was developed in conjunction with Indigenous students attending boarding...
Pictures from My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman
Pictures from my memory: my story as a Ngaatjatjarra woman Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis 2016 Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 153pp, ill., 23cm, ISBN 9780855750350 (pbk) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In this book Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis recounts her life...
'Say to Yourself: Do I Want to Be a Doormat?' Ageing Indigenous Australian Women's Reflections on Gender Roles and Agency
Abstract: Little is known about the restorative outcomes of Indigenous resilience borne through personal and community agency among Indigenous Australian women. This is particularly true of the agency of Indigenous women who often overcome the trap...
The Narratives of Albert Namatjira
Abstract: Albert Namatjira (1) gained public acclaim for his art at a time when Aboriginal people were excluded from full citizenship in Australia. His narrative provides a context to analyse the human impact of the assimilation policy and the official...
Traditional Healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari
Traditional healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation 2013 Magabala Books, Broome, WA, 272pp, ISBN 9781921248825 (pbk) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Traditional healers...
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