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The Original Australians: Stories of the Aboriginal People Paperback – 1 Aug 2006

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." . . An intriguing and accessible history for anyone, from overseas visitors to Australians . . ." "Sydney Morning Herald""

"Another enthralling account by Josephine Flood . . . her enduring respect for her fellow humans underwrites every part of her exploration of the life and times of the Aboriginal people." Pat O'Shane, "Magistrate""

About the Author

Dr Josephine Flood is a prominent archaeologist, recipient of the Centenary Medal and former director of the Aboriginal Heritage Section of the Australian Heritage Commission. She has published a number of books on Australian archaeology and history, including the influential Archaeology of the Dreamtime and The Riches of Ancient Australia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Respectful, Balanced 17 Mar. 2010
By Jesse E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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The Australian Aboriginal culture speaks to all human beings about what it means to be human, because of its age and its isolation. Also, such concepts of the Dreaming and the Songlines provide spiritual and aesthetic viewpoints that are literally timeless.

However, what I found most extraordinary in this book was a balance in thought and judgment that refused to cowtow to political correctness; but, instead, embraced all Australians, both aboriginal and "newcomers" in a context that avoided facile condemnations.

In short, this book provides a history of humanity's oldest culture that both celebrates it and explores its complete expression while avoiding both hagiography and condescension. I don't recall another work like it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good deep dig 5 Mar. 2015
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It's not and easy read , but because it is informative and there is so very much I have to learn while I am reading it I find it a challenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All You Ever Wanted to Know ... And More! 17 Jun. 2008
By Philip W. Mclarty - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to learn more about the primal religious practices of the Aboriginal people. I got more than I bargained for. What I found was a comprehensive study of "The Original Australians," from their migration to the continent 40,000-50,000 years ago, to the present.

Flood's work is thorough, analytical, well-researched and unbiased. She obviously loves the indigenous people of whom she writes, yet she does not patronize them or romanticize their history or their plight.

Neither does she condemn the English, who first colonized "New Holland," or the Australian government, who enacted laws that forever changed the course of Aboriginal life.

Flood proves to be both a scholar, who honestly reports the facts, and a compassionate human, who cares deeply for the objects of her research.

I recommend this book highly. Where other books on Aboriginals tend to be anecdotal in nature, Flood's book is meaty, yet digestible; objective, yet heartfelt. It'll stimulate your mind and touch your heart.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a well-balanced account by any means 16 Jun. 2013
By Angela Katherine - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel that I ought to first say that I was public-school educated in the USA, which means I know almost nothing about Australian history, geography, or culture. I had bought this book, hoping to learn something about the Aboriginal people because the reviews I had read about it claimed it was a very "balanced" point of view on the subject.

I still don't know what they were talking about.

The book begins with a note saying that one should not bring this book in certain parts of Australia, as the photos of the Aborigines were taken without their knowledge or permission, and it would really upset them. I think that right there sets the tone of the whole book, since every chapter is patronizing and very favorable of the Europeans.

What it says about the Aborigines is basically that they were a painfully primitive and backwards culture, which baffled the incredibly intelligent and technologically advanced Europeans (Aborigines, on the other hand, lived there sustainably for WAY longer than the Europeans ever have). It says they were an aggressive people totally lacking in human compassion and prone to killing their relatives, but Europeans, on the other hand have such a reputation and long history of kindness (sarcasm). This book suggests that Aborigines objectify women (and Europeans NEVER did that--oh wait a minute).

It really is an awful, deeply prejudiced book, and I'm getting rid of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Title and content do not reconcile 5 May 2012
By Raymond - Published on Amazon.com
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First I have to confess that I might have been too careless when I decided to buy this book.

The book is described as the story of the Aboriginal people. But what actually is in the book seems more like a modern history of European aggression against the Aboriginal people from the European perspective.

There are two chapters (out of eight) devoted to the Aboriginal traditions and culture. However, the descriptions are so superficial that even Wikipedia can easily beat it.

If you are looking for a book describing how life was like in precolonial Australia and their myths and culture, this is NOT the right book.
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