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People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures
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People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures

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To be published 28 Sept 2012 (Federation Press) PRE-ORDER NOW!
ISBN: 9781862878938. Paperback, 350 pages.

Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins 

Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of their ancestral lands. Today the Indigenous estate covers over 20 per cent of the continent and includes areas of globally significant biodiversity and cultural value, many now declared as Indigenous Protected Areas in the National Reserve System. But none of the Indigenous estate is in its pre-colonial condition and it faces a myriad of environmental threats. 

People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures draws on a diversity of perspectives to document a significant social and environmental movement that is quietly gathering momentum across this vast Indigenous estate. This series of essays, drawn from an unusual collaboration between university researchers and Indigenous land owners, tells a little-known story about Aboriginal people who are living on, working on and caring for the lands and seas that they own and manage. The ongoing struggles by Indigenous people to conserve and rehabilitate the outstanding natural and cultural values of their ancestral lands deserve wide recognition and acclaim. 

This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their caring for country activities from the margins to the very core of the growing national conversation on issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. It challenges the Australian public, policy community and politicians to re-imagine the role that the Caring for Country movement, deploying a mix of western scientific and Indigenous ecological knowledge systems and techniques, must play in the proper environmental management of Australia in the 21st century. 


People on country as alternate development Jon Altman 

Part 1: Researcher perspectives Caring for Country to Working on Country Seán Kerins 

Conducting two-way ecological research Emilie Ens 

Indigenous rangers and the customary economy Geoff Buchanan and Katherine May 

Country as classroom Bill Fogarty North to south? Janet Hunt 

Part 2: People on country perspectives

Dhimurru wind of change Mandaka Marika and Steve Roeger 

Ranger djäma? Manymak! Banduk Marika, Banul Munyarryun, Buwathay Munyarryun, Napunda Marawili and Wanyubi Marika Facilitated by Seán Kerins

A long walk home to Warddewardde Peter Cooke 

Countrymen standing together Victor Rostron, Wesley Campion and Ivan Namarnyilk Facilitated by Bill Fogarty 

Commitment to our country Cherry Daniels, Edna Nelson, Julie Roy and Priscilla Dixon With Emilie Ens and Gillian Towler 

No more yardin’ us up like cattle Jack Green and Jimmy Morrison Facilitated by Seán Kerins 

Reconnecting with culture for future generations Tanya Patterson Facilitated by Janet Hunt 

Indigenous futures on country Jon Altman

Appendix 1 The People on Country project Elisabeth Yarbakhsh 

Appendix 2 Engaging the state Seán Kerins and Elisabeth Yarbakhsh 


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