Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 34

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ISSN (print): 0314-8769
ISSN (online): 1837-9389
Publication date: January 2011
Imprint: ANU Press

Since 1977 the journal Aboriginal History has pioneered interdisciplinary historical studies of Australian Aboriginal people's and Torres Strait Islander's interactions with non-Indigenous peoples. It has promoted publication of Indigenous oral traditions, biographies, languages, archival and bibliographic guides, previously unpublished manuscript accounts, critiques of current events, and research and reviews in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, sociology, linguistics, demography, law, geography and cultural, political and economic history. 

Aboriginal History Inc. is a publishing organisation based in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra.

For more information on Aboriginal History Inc. please visit aboriginalhistory.org.au.

Volume 34 is a very diverse collection, the articles all share an interest in exploring cross-cultural interactions and negotiations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, through both intimate and public relations as well as through knowledge production, be it cultural or political. The articles admirably demonstrate how these key themes can be explored through the historical archive, whilst also revealing the sheer diversity of the archive which includes material culture, still and moving images, language sources and performances. Some of these articles also illustrate the rich research produced through working collaboratively with Indigenous communities in order to reinterpret and historicise archival images or objects, or meticulously track changes in language use. Meanwhile other authors have emphasised Indigenous performativity. They have teased out the delicate and complex negotiations Aboriginal people have engaged in, either willingly or under duress, in order to satisfy demands from audiences for expressions of culture and identity, while also using those opportunities for self-expression. Volume 34 reflects Aboriginal History’s continuing commitment of exploring diverse aspects of Indigenous Australian history in original ways. Many of the contributors have uncovered new histories and sources, while others have re-interpreted more familiar sources in fresh and innovative ways. All of the articles offer new insights into the Aboriginal past and present.