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This year marks 30 years of Learning Made Easy with Dummies.

Leading the celebrations is the release of Indigenous Australia For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

A comprehensive, relevant, and accessible look at all aspects of Indigenous Australian history and culture.

“I hope that readers who dip into the book have their curiosity sparked to find out more and keep learning.”

Larissa Behrendt, author of Indigenous Australia For Dummies

 

 

About the book

Indigenous Australia For Dummies, Second Edition celebrates the contributions of Australian Indigenous peoples to contemporary Australian culture, exploring Indigenous art, music, dance, literature, film, sport, and spirituality. Learn about Indigenous life in Australia before 1770, the impact of white settlement, the ongoing struggle by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to secure their human rights and equal treatment under the law, and much more.

With a foreword by Stan Grant, Indigenous Australia For Dummies, Second Edition is a must-read account of Australia’s first people.

Read an excerpt of Indigenous Australia For Dummies, Second Edition

 

About the author

Larissa Behrendt AO is Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean (Indigenous Research) at the University of Technology Sydney. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology, Innocence Betrayed and Maralinga Tjarutja. She has also written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary and the AACTA for Best Direction in Factual Television in 2020. Larissa is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa is the Chair of the Cathy Freeman Foundation and a Trustee of the Australian Museum. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. In 2019, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her work in Indigenous education, law and the arts.

 

An interview with the author

What is new in the second edition of Indigenous Australia For Dummies?

The largest areas of updating were in the arts. So much television, film, theatre and literature has been created over the last ten years. It feels like a period of great creative renaissance. There is also a greater interest in Indigenous knowledges, including in astronomy, fire technology, aquiculture and traditional foods. The amount of Australia managed by traditional owners and rangers has increased. On the more challenging side, the rate of Indigenous child removal has increased and greater attention is being given to deaths in custody. The Uluru statement has reinvigorated national conversations about representation, truth and treaty.

Why did you decide to publish with Dummies?

I knew from my work in the education sector that there was an increasing interest in materials that gave a good overview of Indigenous culture, history and issues. I spoke to several teachers who were really wanting to include more Indigenous content in their lessons but didn’t have confidence in including it because of the inadequacy of their own education in the area. I knew that the Dummies brand was designed to be engaging but informative and it felt like an opportunity to engage with an audience that were keen to know more but were perhaps a bit self-conscious about asking questions. Plus, I’m so proud of my Indigenous heritage and culture, I always love to find new ways to engage others with it.

Who is this book for?

An important audience for the book are non-Indigenous people who are curious to know more about Indigenous issues, who are genuine about wanting to understand more about the world’s oldest living culture and who want to understand an Indigenous perspective of Australia’s history. I see the book as a first step in the pathway to deeper learning, listening and engaging. I was pleased when the first edition came out how many Indigenous people loved the book as a resource, especially for their children. I hope the book is of particular use for educators and students,

What do you hope readers will take from this book?

I hope that readers who dip into the book have their curiosity sparked to find out more and keep learning. I hope they get a sense of how rich the Indigenous knowledges are of this land – around how to care for country, how to see the stars, how to live sustainably. I hope they get a sense of the Indigenous history of this country – and not just the injustices that have occurred but of the many inspirational Indigenous men and women who have worked hard for justice and change. And I hope that people will get a sense of the issues facing Indigenous people today – and of some of the community driven solutions that will make a difference.

 

Advance praise

Excerpt from Foreword by Stan Grant

“How many of us can say we truly belong in our country? Can we say we know our country? Are we alive to the stories and rhythms and the sounds of this place we now call Australia? Larissa Behrendt will take you into an Australia we think we know but remain so ignorant of, and we are poorer for that. Who are these First People of our land? How many languages were spoken here? What is their art and politics and music and ceremony? Larissa will open up a new country for you. And you will find that there is a place here more magical than you could know. Larissa Behrendt calls it Indigenous Australia For Dummies – yep that’s about right; we are still just learning. But read this and be smarter.”

Stan Grant
Television news and political journalist, television presenter, filmmaker and bestselling author.

 

 

Publicity & marketing

30 and thriving. Being a ‘dummy’ has never felt smarter.

Our story began in 1991 when we published our first book, DOS For Dummies. Now 30 years on, the black and yellow is still going strong. From investing to coding or ukulele to algebra, if you’re wondering ‘how-to?’, there is a Dummies guide for you.

Indigenous Australia For Dummies, 2nd Edition will lead the annual Dummies campaign in March 2021, backed by an integrated national campaign.

  • During March all good bookstores in Australia and New Zealand will be celebrating Dummies.
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