Dingo Makes Us Human

Life and Land in an Australian Aboriginal Culture
Author: Deborah Bird Rose
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521794848
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 264
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This ethnography explores the culture of the Yarralin people in the Northern Territory.

Dingo Makes Us Human

Life and Land in an Australian Aboriginal Culture
Author: Deborah Bird Rose
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521392693
Category: Social Science
Page: 261
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This original ethnography brings indigenous people's stories into conversations around troubling questions of social justice and environmental care. Deborah Bird Rose lived for two years with the Yarralin community in the Northern Territory's remote Victoria River Valley. Her engagement with the people's stories and their action in the world leads her to this analysis of a multi-centred poetics of life and land. The book speaks to issues that are of immediate and broad concern today: traditional ecological knowledge, kinship between humans and other living things, colonising history, environmental history, and sacred geography. Now in paperback, this award-winning exploration of the Yarralin people is available to a whole new readership. The boldly direct and personal approach will be illuminating and accessible to general readers, while also of great value to experienced anthropologists.

Wild Dog Dreaming

Love and Extinction
Author: Deborah Bird Rose
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 081393091X
Category: Nature
Page: 168
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Wild Dog Dreaming explores what constitutes an ethical relationship with nonhuman others. Deborah Bird Rose asks whether we, as humans, are capable of loving and caring for the animals and plants that are disappearing in a cascade of extinctions. An inspiration for Roseand a touchstone throughout her bookis the endangered dingo of Australia.

Country of the Heart

An Indigenous Australian Homeland
Author: Deborah Bird Rose,Sharon D'Amico
Publisher: ISBS
ISBN: 9780855753962
Category: Social Science
Page: 204
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Country of the Heart is a marvellous journey to the floodplains, south-west of Darwin in Australia's Top End. It is an adventure for the imagination and the soul, and above all a revelation. This book welcomes us into the country, culture, lives and stories of the MakMak clan (the white-breasted sea-eagle people). In Deborah Bird Rose's writing and Sharon D'Amico's photography, we meet five extraordinary clan women: Nancy Daiyi, Kathy Deveraux, Margaret Daiyi, April Bright and Linda Ford. They share their world with us - their family, their laughter and their passion for their country. In learning something of the ecology and sacred geography of the clan's homeland, we are prompted to enlarge our own thinking, and to ask questions about the future of our heart's own country, wherever our homeland may be.

Reports from a Wild Country

Ethics for Decolonisation
Author: Deborah Bird Rose
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9780868407982
Category: History
Page: 235
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Explores some of Australia’s major ethical challenges. Written in the midst of rapid social and environmental change and in a time of uncertainty and division, it offers powerful stories and arguments for ethical choice and commitment. The focus is on reconciliation between Indigenous and ‘Settler’ peoples, and with nature.

Extinction Studies

Stories of Time, Death, and Generations
Author: Deborah Bird Rose,Thom van Dooren,Matthew Chrulew
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231544545
Category: Nature
Page: 208
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Extinction Studies focuses on the entangled ecological and social dimensions of extinction, exploring the ways in which extinction catastrophically interrupts life-giving processes of time, death, and generations. The volume opens up important philosophical questions about our place in, and obligations to, a more-than-human world. Drawing on fieldwork, philosophy, literature, history, and a range of other perspectives, each of the chapters in this book tells a unique extinction story that explores what extinction is, what it means, why it matters—and to whom.

Nourishing Terrains

Australian Aboriginal Views of Landscape and Wilderness
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Aboriginal Australians
Page: 95
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Discusses the nature of Indigenous peoples' relationships to country, including sea and sky; idea of wilderness and "wild"; Dreaming; totems; sacred sites; responsibilities to country; caring for country, including firestick farming.

My Country, Mine Country

Indigenous People, Mining and Development Contestation in Remote Australia
Author: Benedict Scambary
Publisher: ANU E Press
ISBN: 1922144738
Category: History
Page: 276
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Agreements between the mining industry and Indigenous people are not creating sustainable economic futures for Indigenous people, and this demands consideration of alternate forms of economic engagement in order to realise such futures. Within the context of three mining agreements in north Australia this study considers Indigenous livelihood aspirations and their intersection with sustainable development agendas. The three agreements are the Yandi Land Use Agreement in the Central Pilbara in Western Australia, the Ranger Uranium Mine Agreement in the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory, and the Gulf Communities Agreement in relation to the Century zinc mine in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland. Recent shifts in Indigenous policy in Australia seek to de-emphasise the cultural behaviour or imperatives of Indigenous people in undertaking economic action, in favour of a mainstream conventional approach to economic development. Concepts of value, identity, and community are key elements in the tension between culture and economics that exists in the Indigenous policy environment. Whilst significant diversity exists within the Indigenous polity, Indigenous aspirations for the future typically emphasise a desire for alternate forms of economic engagement that combine elements of the mainstream economy with the maintenance and enhancement of Indigenous institutions and livelihood activities. Such aspirations reflect ongoing and dynamic responses to modernity, and typically concern the interrelated issues of access to and management of country, the maintenance of Indigenous institutions associated with family and kin, access to resources such as cash and vehicles, the establishment of robust representative organisations, and are integrally linked to the derivation of both symbolic and economic value of livelihood pursuits.

Writing Histories

Imagination and Narration
Author: Ann Curthoys,Ann McGrath
Publisher: Monash Univ Pub
ISBN: 9780980464825
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 124
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"Nine historians reflect on their work as writers, exploring some of the most difficult and interesting questions any history-writer faces."--Back cover.


A Novel
Author: Alexis Wright
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501122347
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
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IN the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, battle lines have been drawn in the disputes among the powerful Phantom family of the Westend Pricklebush, Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob, and the white officials of neighboring towns. Trapped between politics and principle, past and present, the indigenous tribes fight to protect their natural resources, sacred sites, and, above all, their people. Steeped in myth and magical realism, Wright’s hypnotic storytelling exposes the heartbreaking realities of Aboriginal life. Carpentaria teems with extraordinary, larger-than-life characters who transcend their circumstances and challenge assumptions about the downtrodden "other." The novel "bursts with life" (Daily Telegraph) as Alexis Wright re-creates the land and its people with mysticism, stark reality, and pointed imagination.

Hidden Histories

Black Stories from Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill Stations
Author: Deborah Bird Rose
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
ISBN: 0855752246
Category: Social Science
Page: 268
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Filled with stories of massacres and murders, of working life on cattle stations, of friendships and foes, of bureaucratic machinations, and the individual struggles of Aboriginal Australians, this book unleashes the concealed and hidden past.

Country, Native Title and Ecology

Author: Jessica K. Weir
Publisher: ANU E Press
ISBN: 1921862564
Category: Social Science
Page: 174
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Country, native title and ecology all converge in this volume to describe the dynamic intercultural context of land and water management on Indigenous lands. Indigenous people’s relationships with country are discussed from various speaking positions, including identity and knowledge, the homelands debate, water planning, climate change and market environmentalism. The inter-disciplinary chapters range from an ethnographic description of living waters in the Great Sandy Desert, negotiating the eradication of yellow crazy ants in Arnhem Land, and legal analysis of native title rights in emerging carbon markets. A recurrent theme is the contentions over meaning, knowledge, and authority. “Because this volume is scholarly, original and very timely it represents a key resource and reference work for land and sea managers; policy makers; scholars of the interface between post-native title responsibilities, NRM objectives and appropriate heritage protocols; and students based in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. It is rare for volumes to have this much cross-academy purchase and for this reason alone – it will have ongoing worth and value as a seminal collection.” – Associate Professor Peter Veth, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University. Dr Jessica Weir has published widely on water, native title and governance, and is the author of Murray River Country: An Ecological Dialogue with Traditional Owners (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2009). Jessica’s work was recently included in Stephen Pincock’s Best Australian Science Writing 2011. In 2011 Jessica established the AIATSIS Centre for Land and Water Research, in the Indigenous Country and Governance Research Program at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. For more information on Aboriginal History Inc. please visit aboriginalhistory.org.au.

Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene

Author: Katherine Gibson
Publisher: Punctum Books
ISBN: 9780988234062
Category: Human ecology
Page: 182
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The recent 10,000 year history of climatic stability on Earth that enabled the rise of agriculture and domestication, the growth of cities, numerous technological revolutions, and the emergence of modernity is now over. We accept that in the latest phase of this era, modernity is unmaking the stability that enabled its emergence. But we are deeply worried that current responses to this challeng are focused on market-driven solutions and thus have the potential to further endanger our collective commons. Today public debate is polarized. On one hand we are confronted with the immobilizing effects of knowing "the facts" about climate change. On the other we see a powerful will to ignorance and the effects of a pernicious collaboration between climate change skeptics and industry stakeholders. Clearly, to us, the current crisis calls for new ways of thinking and producing knowledge. Our collective inclination has been to go on in an experimental and exploratory mode, in which we refuse to foreclose on options or jump too quickly to "solutions." In this spirit we feel the need to acknowledge the tragedy of anthropogenic climate change. It is important to tap into the emotional richness of grief about extinction and loss without getting stuck on the "blame game." Our research must allow for the expression of grief and mourning for what has been and is daily being lost. But it is important to adopt a reparative rather than a purely critical stance toward knowing. Might it be possible to welcome the pain of "knowing" if it led to different ways of working with non-human others, recognizing a confluence of desire across the human/non-human divide and the vital rhythms that animate the world? We think that we can work against singular and global representations of "the problem" in the face of which any small, multiple, place-based action is rendered hopeless. We can choose to read for difference rather than dominance; think connectivity rather than hyper-separation; look for multiplicity - multiple climate changes, multiple ways of living with earth others. We can find ways forward in what is already being done in the here and now; attend to the performative effects of any analysis; tell stories in a hopeful and open way - allowing for the possibility that life is dormant rather than dead. We can use our critical capacities to recover our rich traditions of counter-culture and theorize them outside the mainstream/alternative binary. All these ways of thinking and researching give rise to new strategies for going forward. TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I. Thinking with Others // The Ecological Humanities (Deborah Bird Rose) -- Economy as Ecological Livelihood (J.K. Gibson-Graham and Ethan Miller) -- Lives in Connection (Jessica K. Weir) -- Conviviality as an Ethic of Care in the City (Ruth Fincher and Kurt Iveson) -- Risking Attachment in the Anthropocene (Lesley Instone) -- Strategia: Thinking with or Accommodating the World (Freya Mathews) -- Contact Improvisation: Dance with the Earth Body You Have (Kate Rigby) Part II. Stories Shared // Vulture Stories: Narrative and Conservation (Thom van Dooren) -- Learning to be Affected by Earth Others (Gerda Roelvink) -- The Waterhole Project: Locating Resilience (George Main) -- Food Connect(s) (Jenny Cameron and Robert Pekin) -- Graffiti is Life (Kurt Iveson) -- Flying Foxes in Sydney (Deborah Bird Rose) -- Earth as Ethic (Freya Mathews) Part III. Researching Differently // On Experimentation (Jenny Cameron) -- Reading for Difference (J.K. Gibson-Graham) -- Listening: Research as an Act of Mindfulness (Kumi Kato) -- Deep Mapping Connections to Country (Margaret Somerville) -- The Human Condition in the Anthropocene (Anna Yeatman) -- Dialogue (Deborah Bird Rose) -- Walking as Respectful Wayfinding in an Uncertain Age (Lesley Instone)

Telling Stories

Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand
Author: Bain Attwood,Fiona Magowan
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1741150515
Category: Social Science
Page: 269
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Recent decades have seen a tremendous upsurge of interest among the indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand in their history. Life stories, land claims, genealogy, song, dance and painting have all made new contributions to the recovery and representation of the past. Telling Stories looks at the place of life stories and of memory in history: who tells life stories, the purpose for which they are told; the role of story and history in the politics of land claims; and the way language impacts on research and writing. Ann Parsonson writes about 'stories for land' in the oral narratives of the Maori Land Court; Deborah Rose Bird retells the 'saga of Captain Cook'; Andrew Erueti and Alan Ward examine Maori land law in the context of the Treaty claims process; Jeremy Beckett looks at the autobiographical oral history of Myles Lalor; and Bain Attwood discusses the stolen generations narrative. With Judith Binney, Fiona Magowan, W.H. Oliver, Basil Sansom and Penny van Toorn, these contributors explore the questions arising when different kinds of history meet: different kinds of evidence, from different cultures, sometimes telling the same story from conflicting perspectives. Telling Stories is a timely book that freely explores the multiple forms of indigenous history in New Zealand and Australia.

Unstable Relations

Indigenous People and Environmentalism in Contemporary Australia
Author: Eve Vincent,Timothy Neale
Publisher: Apollo Books
ISBN: 9781742588780
Category: Political Science
Page: 397
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Unstable Relations addresses the past and emerging political tensions that mark 'green-black' encounters; provides fine-grained ethnographic case studies of 'green-black' relations; and, analyses the economic futures of 'green-black' collaborations.

White Man Got No Dreaming

Essays, 1938-1973
Author: W. E. H. Stanner
Publisher: Australian National University, Research School of Social Sciences
Category: Aboriginal Australians
Page: 389
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This book looks at 'the Aboriginal problem' from an unusual viewpoint - that of the Aborigines themselves, for whom 'the Aboriginal problem' is the white Australian. The essays deal with all those features of traditional Aboriginal life that made it so deeply satisfying to the original Australians: religion, attachment to land, imaginative culture, and the whole ethos on which the impact of Europeans and their way of life has been destructive. The Aborigines have been dispossessed, exploited, rejected and on occasions reviled. What we now offer them is, from an Aboriginal point of view, neither true reconciliation nor equality. The author argues that race relations will deteriorate even farther than the neuralgic point to which our ethnocentric insensibility has already brought them unless white Australians make an effort to comprehend the Aboriginal truths of life.

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Author: Doris Pilkington
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 0702252050
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
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The film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on this true account of Doris Pilkington's mother Molly, who as a young girl led her two sisters on an extraordinary 1,600 kilometre walk home. Under Western Australia's removal policy of the 1930s, the girls were taken from their Aboriginal families and transported halfway across the state.

Dark Emu

Black Seeds : Agriculture Or Accident?
Author: Bruce Pascoe
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781922142436
Category: History
Page: 176
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Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviors inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.