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Welcome to Country 1

An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians

by Marcia Langton
Publication Date: 24/09/2019
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Written by one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous voices, Welcome to Country is essential reading for every young Australian.

The chapters cover prehistory, post-colonial history, language, kinship, knowledge, art, performance, storytelling, native title, the Stolen Generations, making a rightful place for First Australians and looking to the future for Indigenous Australia. This book is for the new Australian generations and works towards rectifying the wrongs of this country’s past. You will quickly appreciate how lucky we are to be the home of the world’s oldest continuing civilisation – which is both diverse and thriving in Australia today.

Cover artwork New Roocruits by Archibald-finalist Blak Douglas.

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‘Australia is alive with the long history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our cultures and our stories. My generation of Aboriginal people want young Australians to be taught more about our history and culture than we were. I have met very few Australians who learned anything in school about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Many have told me that if they were taught anything at all, it was incorrect and often racist. In fact, many Australians think that the only ‘real’ Aboriginal people are those who live in the deserts. This idea is based on two centuries of racist views that were wrong and should have no place in modern Australia.’ – Professor Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton AO, PhD is the granddaughter of a Yiman man and an anthropologist, geographer and public intellectual. In 2020, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in tertiary education and Aboriginal rights.

She is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne since 2000.

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This is an excellent resource book for families who want to understand Australia from the point of view of our First Nation. A bit academic for younger readers I think, but Ok for teens+. Would be great to have it as a text in schools.

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