Aboriginal Australia & the Torres Strait Islands: Guide to Indigenous Australia

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Lonely Planet, 2001 - Travel - 448 pages
This companion to the Australia guide is ideal for travelers who want to understand the country's 50,000-year-old cultural tradition. More than 60 Indigenous people have contributed to this guide, together with some of Lonely Planet's most experienced guidebook researchers. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander writers cover the dreaming, bush tucker, art, sport, music & modern Australia's history from invasion-era massacres to modern-day disadvantage. It includes fully mapped listings of guided tours, festivals, indoor & outdoor art galleries, films, literature & other Indigenous cultural sites, along with recommended retailers working with Aboriginal communities. You'll find detailed information on permits required to enter Aboriginal land, as well as tips & protocols from Aboriginal writers for interacting respectfully with Indigenous people. Travel guide to Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. Covers basic facts about Aboriginal Australia, such as history, society, spirituality, people and population, and sport and culture. Provides visitor information such as responsible tourism, shopping, permit applications and internet resources. Details specific facts about each region. Includes full-color and black-and-white illustrations, maps, glossary, language information and index. Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is the most significant issue confronting contemporary Australia. When British colonisers invaded Australia in 1788, more than 600 different Indigenous nations -- each with their own distinct language, culture and traditions -- were dispossessed of their land. With this practical guide, travelers can take a horseback tour of ancient cultural sites with an Adnyamathanha Elder, learn some of the Tjukurpa stories of Uluru (Ayers Rock) from an Anangu guide, work out in a Koorie gym, get online to learn the latest in Indigenous politics, meet contemporary Aboriginal artists at work or marvel at the work of their ancestors.

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