Wiradjuri: Revival and survival

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Without the past, the present could be meaningless and the future unstructured and uncertain. (Sharp 1974 cited in Weiss 1974: 180) As this comment implies, it is not possible to understand anything in relation to the Wiradjuri people without first examining their origins. One cannot, for example, write of their adapting to introduced foods without first examining the issues of traditional foods, or of some Wiradjuri having adopted Christian beliefs and practices without considering traditional spiritual beliefs. It is therefore important to begin with a brief overview of Wiradjuri history, in order to contextualise what follows. Whilst the focus of this paper is on the Wiradjuri, there are references to other Australian Indigenous peoples and cultures. All have felt the impacts of invasion of their respective country and all have been assimilated in one way, shape or form, into the dominant society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst world, first nations
Subtitle of host publicationInternal colonialism and indigenous self-determination in Northern Europe and Australia
EditorsGunter Minnerup, Pia Solberg
Place of PublicationPortland
PublisherSussex Academic Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781845193515
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameFirst Nations and the colonial encounter.


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