This weekend I had an opportunity to read Sacred Cows (Magabala Books) by Anita Heiss. It’s a quick, but very good read. I reviewed it this week during the first of our After Dinner with the Critical Classroom.
Sacred Cows is a funny, clever, biting unpacking of Australia and her people. Anita mythbusts through royal shows, gambling, movies, television, drinking, masculinity and more. While it was written in 1996 and is a little dated (a lot of things in Australia have changed since the nineties), there are many aspects of the Anita’s observation about Australian life that are spot on. She unpacks Australian hypocrisy, masculinity, race and gender roles. Her observations on Australian life are so familiar. Anita takes a picture of Australia, and one that many Australians wouldn’t like.
Sacred Cows is a great starter text, you can knock it over in a couple of hours, for the person who wants to turn the gaze of their cultural selves. No more simply studying Aboriginal life, learning “about the Aborigines”, Sacred Cows challenges Australians to look into the mirror.
Image Credit: Cover Image of Sacred Cows
Find Sacred Cows by Dr Anita Heiss, and other Indigenous Studies and indigenous Education Resources at the Critical Classroom Amazon Store.