Aboriginal Australians: First Nations of an Ancient Continent (New Horizons)

Muecke, Stephen

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Synopsis: Ths concise, pocket guide to the social and cultural history of Aboriginal Australia is now available in English. Tracing the origins of these people through to the present day, the authors explore their social structure, spiritual beliefs, the aborigines' relationship with the land and animal world, and their art and literature, which has recently enjoyed a major revival and is now used to represent Australian heritage. The years of colonialism and the impact this has had on the indigenous population is obviously covered as is a discussion of how they managed to survive and maintain their identity.

About the Author: Stephen Muecke is Professor of Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney. He teaches Writing and Cultural Studies, and has a research interest in Indigenous Studies, focusing on Aboriginal Literature, and the Kimberley region of North-West Australia. Adam Shoemaker is Dean of Arts at The Australian National University and Convenor of the National Institute of the Humanities.

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