July 17, 2021
It’s Blak history month in Australia, here is a quote from the Blak History Month Website to explain more:
“Recognising that Australia is steeped in a rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait history, Blak History Month was proclaimed on the shoulders of giants and a cultural continuum from time immemorial.July was chosen so as to embrace current celebrations such as NAIDOC week and the Coming of the Light, both of which are community events that serve historic purpose, however it was felt that a day and a week was not enough time given our wealth of hidden history and significant acts of achievement. So we have a 31 day month in which to illuminate our wonderfulness, each year, every year.” – Source: https://www.blakhistorymonth.com/about
I have collated a small selection of resources for researching and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander history and culture. Most I have read for my own personal research and some I am looking forward to reading.
If you would like to learn more about Blak History Month, check out https://www.blakhistorymonth.com.
The resources in this post will also be added to the new resources page I am working on.
My Place – Sally Morgan
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – edited by Anita Heiss
Bushfires & bushtucker: Aboriginal plant use in Central Australia – Peter Latz, illustrated by Jenny Green.
The Little Red Yellow Black Book – AIATSIS & Bruce Pascoe
Welcome to Country, A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia – Maria Langton
Our Australian Girl Series: Poppy – Gabrielle Wang
Sally Morgan’s books for children
Welcome to Country; An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians – Marcia Langton
Research Tools and Genealogy:
AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies). Their Map of Indigenous Australia is very useful (see image above for link).
Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond – edited by by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green & Petronella Vaarzon-Morel.
Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, and Maori Exiles – Kristyn Harman
Common Ground Australia (commonground.org.au)
Australian War Memorial: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anzacs, https://www.awm.gov.au/learn/schools/resources/anzac-diversity/aboriginal-anzacs
Arundel Castle, former home of Adeliza of Louvain, the fair maid of Brabant
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I acknowledge and pay my respects to all Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. I pay my respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to all Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respectfully cautioned that this website contains the names and images of people who have passed away.