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The Indigenous Studies Series is a range of interesting and illustrated Teacher Guides that will provide students  with an overview of the specific topics, giving plenty of information,  while leaving avenues open for further reading and research. These books  are a fantastic resource for the classroom, which also show the proper  respect to Australia's First People.

Below is a list of resources, research material, and further reading related to each of the titles in the Indigenous Studies Series. Some of these were used when putting the titles together, others are simply additional resources that students can use in researching these areas.

 

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Indigenous Studies - Art

Australia's Indigenous peoples have art traditions which span the millennia and which have grown and developed continuously. This book is designed help students develop a general understanding of the history of Indigenous art. This book is a great introduction to Indigenous art, the diversity of which may inspire students to further research.

Indigenous Studies - Biographies

Since the colonisation of Australia by the British, Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced great hardship - including mass death and displacement - but have demonstrated resilience, strength, compassion and ingenuity. This book offers a brief history of Australia since colonisation, highlighting the lives and achievements of some outstanding Indigenous people, including David Unaipon, Eddie Mabo, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Vincent Lingiari, and more.


Indigenous Studies - Diggers of the Dreaming

Australia has taken part in numerous wars in the time since colonisation, and much of Australia's national identity is linked to the triumphs and losses of the defense forces. This book details a history of Australia's involvement in war, and the Indigenous servicemen and women who made their mark in times of war. A great resource for Modern History, Australian History and Anzac Day lessons.

 

 

Indigenous Studies - Family & Communities

The importance of family and kinship relationships, as well as the responsibilities and obligations that these relationships bring with them, are common threads that bind together the diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This bookprovides snapshot readings and activities that enable students to gain some small insights and thus understandings into the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait families and communities.

 

Indigenous Studies - History & Tradition

Much Indigenous history has been lost since the colonisation of Australia by Europeans. Over the last 40-50 years, increasing efforts have been made to work with Indigenous people to record the history of the various cultures that did exist or still exist across Australia. This book does not pretend to cover all the stories but aims to highlight some parts of the increasingly-complex story of Indigenous history and tradition.

 

Indigenous Studies - Languages

Prior to European colonisation, there were as many as 600 Indigenous languages present in Australia. Many languages have since been lost due to the displacement and massacre of many Indigenous people. This book looks at the origins of Australia's Indigenous languages, their usage today, and the formation of Creole languages in recent times.

 

Indigenous Studies - Myths, Legends & Religions

The myths of Australia's Aboriginal peoples are many thousands of years old, with the Rainbow Serpent being the oldest continuous spiritual belief in the world. The Dreaming ties together most aspects of Aboriginal spirituality. This books looks at the formation and meaning of these stories, offering examples from 'public' Dreaming stories where suitable.

 

Indigenous Studies - Performing Arts

The long tradition of oral history amongst Australia's Indigenous peoples shows tens of thousands of years of a culture built on the foundation of storytelling. In modern Australia, Indigenous stories can be told through dance, theatre, song, film, and television. This book looks at the history of Indigenous performing arts, as well as some of the noteworthy figures of these different artistic areas.

 

Indigenous Studies - Reconciliation

Reconciliation means acknowledging the wrongs that have been done to Australia's first inhabitants who suffered unspeakable hardships during and after invasion by the British, and understanding why these things happened.
Richly packed with information for class and individual research, group activities, Internet activities and general research, this resource provides a multitude of possibilities.

 

Indigenous Studies - Sports

Australia is a sports-loving nation, and a great deal of respect is offered to Australians who excel at sports. This book offers a brief history of different sports in Australia, and how Indigenous sportspeople have been involved. Each section also includes biographies of notable Indigenous sportspeople, such as Kathy Freeman, Anthony Mundine, Mark Ella, Nova Peris, and Jonathan Thurston.

 

Indigenous Studies - Sustainability

Indigenous people have been in Australia for many tens of thousands of years and during this time, Aboriginal people taught themselves how to live sustainably in Australia's fragile landscape. The continent, its landscapes and flora and fauna were managed, utilised and conserved. This book is meant to assist students in developing an understanding of sustainability, by looking at the relationships between environment, society and economy, and applying these concepts in specific contexts with an Indigenous perspective.