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Welcome to Country: A travel guide to Indigenous Australia

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In its pages, respected Elder and author Professor Marcia Langton offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. There is also a directory of Indigenous tourism experiences, organised by state or territory, covering galleries and festivals, national parks and museums, communities that are open to visitors, as well as tours and performances.

This book is essential for anyone travelling around Australia who wants to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years. It also offers the chance to enjoy tourism opportunities that will show you a different side of this fascinating country — one that remains dynamic, and is filled with openness and diversity.


Part One: Introducing Indigenous Cultures

  • Introduction
  • Prehistory
  • Cultures and language
  • Kinship
  • Art
  • Performance
  • Storytelling
  • Native title
  • The stolen generations
  • What I your guide is not indigenous
  • NAIDOC week
  • Business and tourism
  • Cultural awareness for visitors
  • Glossary
  • Endnotes

Part Two: Exploring Indigenous Australia

  • Norther Territory
  • Western Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • South Australia
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Torres Strait Islands


About the Author

Author Bio:

Professor Marcia Langton is one of Australia's most important voices for Indigenous Australia. She first became an Indigenous rights activist at Queensland University in the 1970s, and since then has worked with the Central Land Council, the Cape York Land Council and for the 1989 Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. In more recent times, Professor Langton has become an academic and now works at Melbourne University. Professor Langton has received many accolades, including an Order of Australia, and has authored several books. In 1999 Professor Langton was one of five Indigenous leaders who were granted an audience with the Queen to discuss the proposed recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Australian Constitution. She is also a frequent guest on the ABC's Q&A show.

Welcome to Country: A travel guide to Indigenous Australia

Author: Marcia Langton

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