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Three castaways living with First Nations people

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2014/08/01 - 10:59am
These stories offer telling windows into the First contact and the attitude of the British. These castaways were living with the Indigenous people before the trauma of colonisation—and sometimes during it. Their accounts provide a fascinating record of that time. They come to us via Iain McCalman's book charting human interaction along the Great Barrier Reef, 'The Reef: a Passionate History'. Radio National - Hindsight July 2014

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe - RN

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/29 - 12:56pm
Bruce Pascoe feels a visceral urge to write. His latest novel is a story about solitude, mateship and dying set in the Victorian bush. It's hero is that most reviled of introduced species - the fox. But his forthcoming work of non-fiction Dark Emu challenges what can only be described as a startling lack of intellectual curiosity about Aboriginal agriculture.

“Australia’s First Nations History Misrepresented”: Bruce Pascoe (CAAMA)

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/29 - 10:53am
CAAMA Radio broadcaster Mikaela Simpson caught up with Mr Pascoe to discuss his discoveries, which date back to the first European explorers and their interaction with the First Nations Peoples. - Bruce Pascoe joined the Mildura’s Writers Festival to talk about his latest book Dark Emu. The book challenges the idea that the first Australians were hunters and gathers, claiming this label was invented to undermine Aboriginal people. He claims the history of Aboriginal people in Australia has been incorrectly misrepresented and that research into their agricultural practices can benefit all Australians today.

'Dark Emu' challenges modern re-tellings of early Aboriginal history

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/29 - 10:40am
Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly The centuries-old notion that pre-European Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers who did not farm the land they occupied is under further challenge. - A new book by award winning indigenous author Bruce Pascoe draws on the diaries of early explorers to provide evidence that Aboriginal people across the continent were sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing. - He argues that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern re-tellings of early Aboriginal history.

War Memorial recognition of Frontier Wars - Sam Watson Interview

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/22 - 8:26am
Sam Watson interviewed by Tim Cox on 612 ABC Brisbane - Last week was NAIDOC Week, and you may have heard us talking here on Breakfast about formal recognition for Indigenous soldiers. But what do you think about recognition for the dealths of Aboriginal people during conflicts between them and white settlers? - A UQ academic has said that more than 65,000 Aboriginal people died in Queensland alone between 1788 and 1930 in the process of colonising Australia. Prof Raymond Evans has said that the Australian War Memorial should recognise it as a war. - Sam Watson is a Brisbane-based Aboriginal community worker and activist:

Murujuga National Park on the Burrup Peninsula

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2014/07/12 - 9:33pm
Ngarluma elder and park ranger Geoffrey Togo explains that it is on sacred land, steeped in culture and tradition. "It's very spiritual in lots of ways for us," he says. "Basically, I've been brought up to look after the place, with all the rest of the Ngarluma people."

Did legalised slavery exist in Australia?

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2014/07/11 - 3:00am
Verica Jokic reports on ABC Radio National -10 July 2014 - For almost a century, tens of thousands of Indigenous Australians were forced to work for pastoral stations, missions and government reserves for little more than pocket money. Some have called it legalised slavery and are now fighting to recoup stolen wages. . - Between the 1860s and the 1970s, Aboriginal people of all ages were taken from their homes and sent to work on cattle and sheep properties all across Australia. - Several such schemes were run by colonial and state governments, theoretically to protect Aboriginal Australians from mistreatment. - This is also about truth in our history. The vast majority of non-indigenous Australians have no idea of the enormous debt they owe to the Aboriginal men, women and children whose labour built this country. - People were forcibly sent to work, sometimes far from their homes, where they spent up to 16 hours a day toiling in kitchens, homesteads, shearing sheds or on the land.

Family sues WA Gov't, Police over daughters murder

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/07/02 - 9:25pm
Unprecedented legal action has begun in Perth, with the family of a murdered indigenous woman suing the WA Police service and the State Government for negligence. Andrea Pickett was stabbed to death by her estranged husband in Perth in 2009 after he repeatedly breached restraining orders. An inquest in 2012 found that police had failed to investigate or act on the multiple breaches. Andrea Pickett's family say they want justice for their sister and mother.

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks wins Human Rights Award!

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/07/01 - 7:40pm
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks wins Human Rights Award! 2014 - Caama Radio News

2007 - Howard announces constitutional recognition

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2014/06/24 - 2:12pm
Howard plans constitutional recognition of Aborigines PRINT FRIENDLY EMAIL STORY PM - Thursday, 11 October , 2007 18:26:00 Reporter: Gillian Bradford MARK COLVIN: The Prime Minister has tonight announced a new agenda on reconciliation. John Howard says if re-elected the Coalition will hold a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the preamble of the Constitution. For more on the Prime Minister's speech, I'm joined now from Canberra -

Nth Lismore Tent Embassy: Protect plateau from development

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2014/06/23 - 11:25am
Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent - National Indigenous Radio - New South Wales – A tent embassy at North Lismore has gathered to protect a sacred plateau from a property development of over fifteen hundred houses. - Bundjalung Wyia-bal elder Mickey Ryan says the Department of Planning hasn't consulted on sacred sites and cultural heritage and he's lodged a writ in Court to prevent the development. - Mr Ryan says two sacred fires have been lit, one at the Embassy and another on the plateau. - He says traditional owners are happy to escort any Embassy visitors to the plateau.

Spirits in the balance: Ngangkari healers

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2014/06/21 - 6:51am
In the Anangu Pitjintjatjara Yangkunjatjara (APY) lands in northern South Australia, traditional health knowledge is alive and well, and working in a contemporary setting. - ABC AWAYE program - Presented by Rhianna Patrick Image: Ngangkari healers Rama Simpson (left) and Cyril McKenzie - More at:

Aboriginal healers working to keep traditional medicine alive

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2014/06/21 - 5:57am
Aboriginal health may be high on the policy agenda, but traditional Aboriginal healers hardly rate a mention in Australia’s official health policies. Annie Hastwell meets an Italian researcher who is determined to raise their profile and bring them into the mainstream. From the ABC AWAYE program - - Read More:

Muckaty Trial moves to Darwin to hear NLC evidence - Caama

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 9:18am
On the 18 June 2014 - Damian Williams from CAAMA Radio speaks with Paddy Gibson, Senior Researcher from Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

Audio - Muckaty Waste Dump Trial moves to Darwin - CAAMA News

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2014/06/18 - 8:36am
Muckaty traditional owners are happy that they have finally been able to tell their version of events that led to the nomination of their land as a proposed site for a nuclear waste dump.

Smallpox: An act of biological warfare in 1789 ?

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 9:57pm
ABC Radio National 'Ockham’s Razor' An outbreak of smallpox in Sydney in 1789 killed thousands of Aborigines and weakened resistance to white settlement. Chris Warren argues that the pandemic was no accident, but rather a deliberate act of biological warfare against Australia’s first inhabitants. -

How powerful is the IPA?

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2014/06/16 - 1:46pm
They've been called the faceless men of the right; the Institute of Public Affairs, or IPA, a Melbourne based think tank which enjoys what some feel is a large amount of political influence. - Before the recent election, the IPA issued a wish list of policies it would like to see implemented and many of the items match the Abbott government's own. So who is the IPA and how much political clout does it have? - Phillip Adams - Late Night Live - ABC Radio Nationl

CAAMA News - Paddy Gibson with Paul Wiles: Interview

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sun, 2014/06/15 - 12:53am
Paul Wiles from CAAMA News interviewing Paddy Gibson. - IMAGE: Warlmanpa ladies dance at Manuwangku court hearings - no Muckaty nuke dump! photo Paddy Gibson - via @IndigenousX

Rethinking Indigenous Australia's agricultural past

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2014/06/13 - 10:44pm
It has long been thought that prior to white settlement, Indigenous Australians lived a nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Now some scholars argue that the first Australians practised forms of agriculture and aquaculture ... More


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