Knowledge of Life is the first textbook to provide students with a comprehensive guide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. The result of extensive research and experience, it offers fresh insights into a range of topics and, most importantly, is written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics. It addresses topics ranging from history and reconciliation, to literature and politics, to art, sport and health. It presents social, cultural and political perspectives on these areas in a manner that is accessible to undergraduate students from a range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Each chapter opens with a precis of the author's journey to engage students and offer them an insight into the author's experiences. These authentic voices encourage students to think about the wider issues surrounding each chapter and their real-life implications. This timely publication emphasises the importance of relationships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Dr Kaye Price is an Aboriginal woman from Tasmania, currently Acting Head of the Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges at University of Southern Queensland. She has worked extensively with ACARA, is an Indigenous Education Ambassador and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.
1. A long, slow dance: the nation's history Steve Kinnane; 2. Reconciliation Paul Newman; 3. Law and native title Asmi Wood; 4. Overkill, over time: the criminalisation of Indigenous society - or genocide by stealth John Williams-Mozley; 5. Art: connecting cultures Fabri Blacklock; 6. Literature: writing ourselves Sandra R. Phillips; 7. Enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking: it's a black thing! Dennis Foley; 8. Health and wellbeing Raelene Ward; 9. A room full of strangers: racism as a determinant of health in the maternity care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women Karel Williams; 10. Education Jessa Rogers; 11. Good sports: representations of Aboriginal people in Australian sports Barry Judd; 12. The right to be human: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and human rights Gary Thomas.