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Australian settler colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station : redrawing boundaries / Fiona Davis
Bib ID 6485727
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Davis, Fiona (Fiona Lee), author
Description Eastbourne ; Chicago : Sussex Academic Press, 2014 
xvi, 195 pages ; 24 cm 
ISBN 1845196082

First Nations and the colonial encounter.


In 1938, the anthropologist Norman Tindale gave a classroom of young Aboriginal children a set of crayons and asked them to draw. The children, residents of the government-run Aboriginal station Cummeragunja, mostly drew pictures of aspects of white civilization-boats, houses, and flowers. What now to make of their artwork? Were the children encouraged or pressured to draw non-Aboriginal scenes, or did they draw freely, appropriating the white culture they now lived within? Did their Aboriginality change the meaning of their art, as they sketched out this ubiquitous colonial imagery?Australian Settler Colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station traces Cummeragunja's history from its establishment in the 1880s to its mass walk-off in 1939 and finally, to the 1960s, when its residents regained greater control over the land. Taking in oral history traditions, the author reveals the competing interests of settler governments, scientific and religious organizations, and nearby settler communities. The nature of these interests has broad and important implications for understanding settler colonial history. This history shows white people set boundaries on Aboriginal behavior and movement, through direct legislation and the provision of opportunities and acceptance. But Aboriginal people had agency within and, at times, beyond these limits. Aboriginal people appropriated aspects of white culture-including the houses, the flowers and the boats that their children drew for Tindale-reshaping them into new tools for Aboriginal society, tools with which to build lives and futures in a changed environment.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Cummeragunja Mission (N.S.W.) -- History  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- New South Wales -- Cummeragunja Mission -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Land settlement -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Education - Schools.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Activism.  |  Race relations.  |  Education - Teachers.  |  New South Wales -- Race relations -- History.  |  Cummeragunja (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Maloga (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Barmah (N Vic SI55-13)  |  Australian


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