Agora (2017/Issue 3) – Indigenous History

Agora is a journal of curated professional reading for history teachers. This digital download covers a broad range of articles about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.

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Editorial | Dr Jo Clyne
President’s Introduction | Rosalie Triolo

Reconsidering the Origins of the Australian Legend | Associate Professor Fred Cahir, Dan Tout and Lucinda Horrocks
There is a large volume of evidence which suggests that Aboriginal cultural traditions and Aboriginal expertise had a formative influence on the skills, culture and outlook of the Australian nomadic bush worker – the template for Russel Ward’s ‘Australian Legend.’

Travelling with Aunt |
Bruce Pascoe
Author Bruce Pascoe reflects on his travels through country with the extraordinary Aunty Zelda.

Far From Home: The 1868 Aboriginal Cricket Tour of England | Jeremy McEachern
How did thirteen trailblazing Aboriginal players come to constitute Australia’s first overseas cricket tour?

Maralinga: Aboriginal Poison Country | J.D. Mittmann
A discussion on the effects of the British atomic tests in South Australia on Aboriginal people.

Indigenous and European Spirituality: An Early Colonial Encounter | Ian Keese
A fruitful collaboration between a missionary, Lancelot Threlkeld, and an Indigenous elder, Biraban, in the Lake Macquarie region in New South Wales during the 1820s and 1830s provides aunique insight into Aboriginal spirituality in the early colonial period

Cultural Awareness Training for Educational Leaders and Teachers – A Lesson in History | Professor Gary Foley and Dr Edwina Howell
There is an urgent need to equip teachers with the knowledge to be able to deliver curriculum content regarding Aboriginal history from an informed perspective.

Bringing History to Life: Coranderrk as History, Performance and Curriculum Resources | Dr Joanna Cruickshank
The story of Coranderrk helps students understand the systemic injustices against Aboriginal people that were perpetuated by the colonial state, but also focuses on the resilience and activism of Aboriginal people as well as the actions of non-Indigenous allies.

Teaching Aboriginal History for Justice and Reconciliation: A Personal Reflection | Kate Habgood
Although we have made significant improvements to the way Aboriginal history is taught, is this translating to greater respect and better material outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Yingabeal: The Indigenous Scarred Tree at Heide Museum of Modern Art | Dr Jo Clyne
A new education resource developed by the Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide) and the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV) assists students to develop their knowledge of Indigenous history, culture and heritage.

Aboriginal Voices in Government Records 1838–1968 | Georgia Harris
Government records held by Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia reflect the history and experiences of Aboriginal people living in Victoria from the beginnings of non-Indigenous settlement in the Port Phillip District.

Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe | Lucinda Horrocks, Associate Professor Fred Cahir and Eleanor Whitworth
A new multimedia resource about bark canoes reveals a neglected history of encounters between Aboriginal Victorians and settlers in the 1800s.

Has Change Truly Come, or is it Coming Still? | Amanda Paroz and Rathicca Chandra Waterfall
The National Museum of Australia explores the history of Indigenous rights activism in a new exhibition.

Victorian Aboriginal History – Learning Our Shared Story at Sovereign Hill | Alice Barnes
Long accused of presenting ‘vanilla history,’ Sovereign Hill now privileges Aboriginal perspectives and experiences of nineteenth-century Victorian life.