Indigenous Australia for Dummies
Indigenous Australia for Dummies provides an astonishing snapshot of Indigenous peoples’ experiences from the British invasion and occupation through to contemporary times. The significance of such work is that it outlines the vital contexts of current circumstances experienced by all Australians, as we have all been shaped by this history and the unraveling politics that have since been promoted throughout this country.
Behrendt manages to explore many complex issues in a plain English manner – simplifying what can be considered theoretical, abstract and intangible. Intuitively, she highlights important terms and protocols that everyone needs to know, but are often afraid to ask. This is an invaluable text for academics and students alike as it signposts critical events, debunks myths, elucidates cultural protocols and details specialised legal information regarding Western and Indigenous law.
Personally, I appreciated reading about our own unsung heroes, men and women who challenged the politics and promoted rights for our people, as well as our great successes, in the areas of science, arts, sports and justice. Readers will enjoy this refreshing encounter and be encouraged to read more on this vital subject area.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai and Kamillaroi woman.
She is Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS and the author of several novels and books about Indigenous issues.
This review was first published in the UTS U: Magazine September 2012.