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’.
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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.
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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.
In The Visitors, seven senior law men discuss what to do about approaching ships, unlike anything they’ve seen before.
Playwright Jane Harrison's The Visitors shows audiences how a group of Indigenous leaders might have debated what to do when the First Fleet landed in 1788 - but where are the women?
When Indigenous elder Binno (played by William McPherson) teaches dances to three young men, a bigger plan emerges.
The world premiere of Nardi Simpson's Black Drop Effect takes in the complex histories of Aboriginal responses to commemoration, and makes space for protest, cultural reclamation and negotiation.
Though her brave acts were acknowledged after her death, Wauba Debar’s grave was later robbed in the name of “science”.
A grave stands in Bicheno, paid for by locals in the 1800s. It stands as a testament to the lifesaving ocean feats and tragic life of Indigenous woman Wauba Debar.
A hollow-log coffin painted with Dhal̲waŋu clan Octopus, Perahu Hull, Anchor and Coral Sunset motifs at Gurrumuru against a coral sunset on the horizon.
Photo: Aaron Corn
Yothu Yindi's music introduced the world to the Yolŋu clan traditions of northeast Arnhem Land. But few listeners know these songs echo long histories of engagement with Southeast Asian visitors.
In Australia, the interplay between government and Indigenous peoples frequently feels similar to an abusive and controlling relationship.
If the representations we see of black women in Australia only focus on disadvantage and deficit – not success and excellence – how do we expect power imbalances and stereotypes to change?
Wilhem Berrouet’s impression of Columbus arriving in America.
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No records of the size of Native American populations before 1492 and the arrival of Europeans survive. A new study has found answers.
The excavations at the Normanton site in 2015.
When the remains of Aboriginal people who died more than a century ago were found, the local Aboriginal community wanted to know more about these past lives.
Christian missionaries in Congo in 1911. From the biography of Gwen Elen Lewis.
Princeton Theological Seminary
It's hailed as one of the greatest works of fiction to emerge from Africa. But Things Fall Apart was written in English, sparking debate about the colonisation of language.
Except during the relatively brief period of colonial rule, Rwanda was, and is, a violent society.
Throughout the entire period, central political power has been almost absolute.
An engraving of Dirimera and Conaci by Giuseppe Mochetti taken from a daguerreotype of April 5 1852. Acc no 77930P .
With acknowledgements to the Archives of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia.
Aboriginal children are rarely named in the colonial archive. But the remarkable story of Dirimera and Conaci reveals two boys who, while removed from their land, had a keen sense of sovereignty.
The author pictured with the Lombadina mob during a workshop.
#thismymob Research Team
A consultative approach to designing digital technologies can prevent the structures that keep Indigenous people marginalised in the real world from being replicated in the digital world.
The influence of countries in francophone Africa, like Ivory Coast, have shifted how universities think about the French language.
French is no longer taught as a European language representative of "French" culture in South Africa. New modes of teaching, learning and research speak to an inclusive Africanist agenda.