Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies II

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies II

Historical engagements and current enterprises

Edited by: Natasha Fijn, Ian Keen, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Pickering

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This is the second volume to emerge from a project on Indigenous participation in the Australian economy, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, and involving the cooperation of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at The Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia. The Chief Investigators were Ian Keen, Chris Lloyd, Anthony Redmond, the Partner Investigator was Mike Pickering, Fiona Skyring was an associate researcher on the project, and Natasha Fijn was research assistant. The present volume arises out of a conference in Canberra on Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies at the National Museum of Australia on 9–10 November 2009, which attracted more than thirty presenters. The diverse themes included histories of economic relations, the role of camels and dingoes in Indigenous–settler relations, material culture and the economy, the economies of communities from missions and stations to fringe camps and towns, the transitions from payment-in-kind to wage economies and Community Development Employment Projects, the issue of unpaid and stolen wages, local enterprises, and conflicts over development. Sixteen of those papers have been developed as chapters in this volume, together with a foreword by Professor Jon Altman. This book comprises a companion volume to Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives, published by ANU Press in 2010.


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Jul 2012
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies, Social Policy & Administration

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  1. Settler Economies and Indigenous Encounters: The dialectics of conquest, hybridisation and production regimes (PDF, 337KB)Christopher Lloyd doi

Indigenous People and Settlers

  1. Before the Mission Station: From first encounters to the incorporation of settlers into Indigenous relations of obligation (PDF, 502KB)John M. White doi
  2. Tracking Wurnan: Transformations in the trade and exchange of resources in the northern Kimberley (PDF, 766KB)Anthony Redmond doi
  3. Camels and the Transformation of Indigenous Economic Landscapes (PDF, 1.6MB)Petronella Vaarzon-Morel doi
  4. ‘Always Anangu—always enterprising’ (PDF, 2.1MB)Alan O’Connor doi

Labour History and Stolen Wages

  1. ‘The Art of Cutting Stone’: Aboriginal convict labour in nineteenth-century New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land (PDF, 597KB)Kristyn Harman doi
  2. Indigenous Workers on Methodist Missions in Arnhem Land: A skilled labour force lost (PDF, 875KB)Gwenda Baker doi
  3. Low Wages, Low Rents, and Pension Cheques: The introduction of equal wages in the Kimberley, 1968–1969 (PDF, 747KB)Fiona Skyring doi
  4. Aboriginal Workers, Aboriginal Poverty (PDF, 502KB)Ros Kidd doi
  5. Indigenous Peoples and Stolen Wages in Victoria, 1869–1957 (PDF, 750KB)Andrew Gunstone doi

Indigenous Enterprises and Employment Schemes

  1. Between Locals: Interpersonal histories and the 1970s Papunya art movement (PDF, 936KB)Peter Thorley and Andy Greenslade doi
  2. An Economy of Shells: A brief history of La Perouse Aboriginal women’s shell-work and its markets, 1880–2010 (PDF, 1.1MB)Maria Nugent doi
  3. Policy Mismatch and Indigenous Art Centres: The tension between economic independence and community development (PDF, 895KB)Gretchen Marie Stolte doi
  4. On Generating Culturally Sustainable Enterprises and Demand-Responsive Services in Remote Aboriginal Settings: A case study from north-west Queensland (PDF, 3.1MB)Paul Memmott doi
  5. Dugong Hunting as Changing Practice: Economic engagement and an Aboriginal ranger program on Mornington Island, southern Gulf of Carpentaria (PDF, 2.3MB)Cameo Dalley doi
  6. Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Development through Indigenous Protected Areas and Payments for Environmental Services: A review (PDF, 1.9MB)Nanni Concu doi

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