First Nations of an Ancient Continent
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Aboriginal Australians by Stephen Muecke
Book DescriptionIn the 18th century, as European colonization proceeded apace, one continent remained to be discovered, the mythical Terra Australis incognita. This, the largest island-continent, had been inhabited for over 60,000 years by the Aborigines, who were described by the first explorers as the 'miserablest people in the world'. This perception was the beginning of a deep and long-lasting misapprehension, which the authors resoundingly dispel in this lively social and cultural history. They explore how the aborigines actually came to be in Australia, their extraordinary rituals and 'Dreamings', and the importance of 'kin' to their social structures. A chapter is devoted to the aborigines' often atrocious treatment at the hands of white settlers, and the pervasive racial prejudice that remained enshrined in the Australian constitution until 1967. The final section deals with the massive indigenous cultural renaissance over the past four decades, and discusses how Aboriginal art - be it Central Desert acrylic art, batik, contemporary urban painting, sculpture or traditional bark painting - has become a flagship for Australian culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500301142
(177mm x 125mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Contingency in Madagascar, Paperback (March 2012)
Storytelling and intimacy conspire in the magic of the street theatre that is the contingent encounter. Here one's participation is already loaded; any engagement involves risks of thought or of feeling. The authors work with an aesthetic of the glimpse; fleeting encounters with wisdom and beauty.
Cultural Studies Review 12.1, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Stephen Muecke
This cultural review includes a special section on Indigenous Art including essays by Jennifer Biddle and Robyn Ferrell, a section on Environments and Ecologies in an Expanded Field including essays by Gay Hawkins and Emily Potter, Ross Gibson and Paul Carter, essays by Liz Jacka on the ABC, and more.
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Author Biography - Stephen Muecke
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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