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publication of Indigenous oral traditions, biographies, languages, archival and bibliographic guides, previously unpublished manuscript accounts, critiques of current events, and research and reviews in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, sociology, linguistics, demography, law,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.
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This volume of Aboriginal History, now in its 35th year, demonstrates the ways in which its vision for an expanded horizon of history continues to furnish new insights into and interpretations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences, while sometimes also continuing to push the limits of history-writing. Grace Karskens extends her cross-cultural research on early colonial New South Wales by focusing on the uses of European clothing by Aboriginal men. Leah Lui-Chivizhe and Noah Riseman use oral testimony to tell important new histories. Ian D Clark’s article reminds us of the importance of meticulous and careful archival research, especially when it comes to histories of frontier violence. Christine Choo and Peta Stephenson, leaders in the field of research into Aboriginal-Asian relations, have edited a special section on the theme of Aboriginal-Asian contact history. The four papers in this section ‘retrieve pre-colonial and colonial relationships that place white settler narratives of Australia’s social development in a wider perspective. In the process they challenge the ideological foreclosures and sometimes methodological timidity of mainstream nationalist histories’.