Not only is the black swan important for many Aboriginal people, it was also a potent symbol within the European imagination — 1500 years before Europeans knew it existed.
Dockside Reading: how dockside protocols shaped copyright and censorship.
How colonial Customs protocols shaped copyright and censorship.
Australia’s curriculum is being reviewed for the first time since 2014. The proposed changes include positive additions to acknowledge our many cultures. But there are some reductive changes, too.
The Philippines is taking an Indigenous-led approach to remembering European colonialism in the Pacific — a refreshing contrast to the dominant stories about James Cook in Australia and New Zealand.
Indigenous women and gender diverse people have marched and shared the outrage at the mistreatment of women in Australia. However, there is noticeable silence from non-Indigenous Australia at the horrific statistics of violence against Indigenous women and children.
There is an urgent need to address the high rates of violence against Indigenous women and children. Australia has been silent on these issues for too long.
Ian Wilkes leads a Galup evening tour.
Artists Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger invite audiences to walk where the first contact between Noongar and white settlers at Lake Monger took place.
Muslim-based schools have retained the same racial and cultural exclusivity that was enforced during apartheid.
Pupils who aren’t exposed to different perspectives won’t be equipped to participate in and contribute to a democratic society.
Group of Aboriginal people with shields and spears, by Joseph Lycett, circa 1820.
National Library of Australia
The widespread conflict that accompanied Australian life for 140 years was arguably our most important war. We need a museum telling this story, funded on a par with The Australian War Memorial.
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Her new book “This Mournable Body” was announced as a Booker Prize contender just days before her arrest for protesting against a government clampdown.
Steven Oliver on location at Kurnell, NSW, in the film.
A new film canvasses Indigenous Australian accounts of, and responses to, Captain Cook’s arrival.
Outgoing International Criminal Court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.
The court has focused on African cases to the exclusion of developed countries, as well as developing regions such as Latin America.
John Vanderlyn: Landing of Columbus
It marked the point when humans began to exert a geologically-huge influence on the environment.
Many teachers want to teach Indigenous perspectives but often lack confidence or know-how. Teachers must be willing to confront the ongoing effects of colonialism in and outside the classroom.
Feature artwork: Great Spirit and Rainbow Serpent – Jeffrey Samuels (used with permission, no re-use)
Explore Cook’s journey through the Pacific, the orders that brought him in search of the ‘Great Southern Land’ and the impact of his arrival in our new interactive.
A scene from the author’s film The Message, commissioned by the National Museum of Australia. At the first encounter in Botany Bay, two Gweagal warriors threw stones and spears at Cook, saying ‘warrawarrawa’, meaning ‘they are all dead’.
Nik Lachajczak of Zakpage
Incidents from Cook’s first voyage highlight themes relevant in Indigenous-settler relations today: environmental care, reconciliation and governance. This collision of beliefs, it seems, wasn’t lost on Cook.
Two Dharawal men opposing Cook’s arrival at Kurnell.
Unpicking the threads of the stories told about Captain Cook’s arrival is vital to find agreement on the provenance of materials that changed hands during colonisation.
NIAID-RML/Dan Himbrechts(AAP)/The Conversation
This year’s twin crises have left Australians reeling. The concept of ‘rupture’ can help us understand what’s happening.
Detail from Truganini/Allen & Unwin
A new book gives a full account of Tasmanian Indigenous woman Truganini’s life. In this extract, she is taken to Melbourne and caught up in the murders behind Victoria’s first public execution.
Ethiopians attend a parade to mark the 123rd anniversary of the battle of Adwa last year.
(Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Thanks to one historic victory, Ethiopia became the only African country never to be colonised.
Even by the European-centric standards of 18th and 19th century international law, Indigenous people here passed the test for having sovereignty.