Why not Indigenous?

You may have noticed that we’re using the terms “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander” rather than “Indigenous”. Well some people prefer the term Indigenous, while others prefer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. And in the end, I think there is probably as many reasons for one as for the other. Despite this, we have chosen … Continue reading Why not Indigenous?

Let’s go back to the classics again! RCIADIC and Bringing Them Home

These are just some cliches or truisms that perhaps we can keep in our mind when thinking about Aboriginal policy. I was at a business breakfast this morning, where Dr Dawn Casey was a keynote speaker. She urged us to re-visit the Royal Commission of the 1980s, as there is much that we can learn and understand. … Continue reading Let’s go back to the classics again! RCIADIC and Bringing Them Home

Deadly Ways – Democracy and Politics

Here is the first of the Deadly Ways presentations. It currently sits at 5 Deadly Ways to Explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives of democracy, politics and civics in your classroom, but will definitely grow in the coming months. I did want to note that Annabel Crabb, political commentator and journalist, made an important … Continue reading Deadly Ways – Democracy and Politics

Learning about the Other in Indigenous Studies

I was contacted by the Powerhouse Museum about a project for Indigenous Literacy Day this year, where students from Glebe Public School visited the Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey Exhibition. Students looked at the important role that women play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life. Further they were instructed to write and illustrate a personal narrative about a … Continue reading Learning about the Other in Indigenous Studies

Research: Seeing, Knowing & Doing

Last week I explored the idea of research for students in 1213QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. In the context of the student’s work, I focused on the idea of research as not being about the stereotypical idea of research (thinking here – lab coats, clip boards, pen … Continue reading Research: Seeing, Knowing & Doing