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The Little Red Yellow Black Book

An introduction to Indigenous Australia
Bruce Pascoe and AIATSIS

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Shortlisted for the Australian Publishers Association Educational Awards, 2009. Originally published in 1994, The Little Red Yellow Black Book has established itself as the perfect starting point...

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Shortlisted for the Australian Publishers Association Educational Awards, 2009.

Originally published in 1994, The Little Red Yellow Black Book has established itself as the perfect starting point for those who want to learn about the rich cultures and histories of Australia's First Peoples. Written from an Indigenous perspective, this highly illustrated and accessible introduction covers a range of topics from history, culture and the Arts, through to activism and reconciliation.

In this fourth edition, readers will learn about some of the significant contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made, and continue to make, to the Australian nation.

Common stereotypes will be challenged, and the many struggles and triumphs that we've experienced as we've navigated through our shared histories will be revealed. Readers will also learn about some of the key concepts that underpin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worldviews including concepts such as the Dreaming, the significance of Ancestral Heroes and Country.

The Little Red Yellow Black Book is for readers of all backgrounds and provides an opportunity to discover more about the diverse, dynamic and continuing cultures of Australia's First Peoples.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 210mm x 135mm x 15mm
  • 228pp
  • Released September 2018
  • ISBN 9780855750527
Contents

Welcome
Introduction
Who we are
How we live
Our achievements
Our shared history
Our leadership and activism
Let's celebrate
Timeline
Maps
References and further reading
Acknowledgments
Index

About the author

The vision of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is that the cultures and knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous peoples are maintained, respected, celebrated, and valued throughout the nation and the world.

The Institute undertakes and encourages scholarly, ethical, community-based research, holds a priceless collection of films, photographs, video and audio recordings, and the world’s largest collections of printed and other resource materials for Indigenous Australian Studies, as well as having its own publishing house.

Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man who lives in East Gippsland, Victoria. He published and edited Australian Short Stories magazine from 1982 to 1999 and has received numerous awards for his fiction and non-fiction writing. He won the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016 for Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident (2014) a history of Aboriginal agriculture, which was performed by Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2018.

His other non-fiction works include Convincing Ground: learning to fall in love with your country and the Little Red Yellow and Black Book, in its 4th edition. Pascoe’s fiction writing is also acclaimed. He won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Young Adult fiction for Fog a Dox (2012) in 2013. His children’s books Mrs Whitlam (2016) and Young Dark Emu (2019) were shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and the latter won the Booksellers Choice Award for 2020.

His other works include Night Animals, Shark, Ocean, Cape Otway and his recent novels are Bloke (2009) and Chainsaw File (2010). He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award by the Australia Council in 2018.

About the Cover

Front cover: (Left) Murray Island Dance Group members (l–r) Sarah Mabo, Suramina Tabo, Jezebel Gisu, Tanya Wailu and Lilimea Mabo perform at the opening of Cairns NAIDOC Week 2017 at Fogarty Park. Photo: Stewart McLean. (Right) Samuel Brazel,
Anaiwan, Management/Indigenous Consultant, Tyrone Bean, Kabi-Kabi/Bindal,
Secondary School Teacher and Liam Coe, Wiradjuri, Architecture Student. Photo courtesy of Samuel Brazel.

Back cover: (Left) Members of the Gumatj clan added a red V and the no. 37 to their
traditional paint as a show of support for Adam Goodes at Garma 2015 in northeast
Arnhem Land. Courtesy Melanie Faith Dove/Yothu Yindi Foundation. (middle) Nolia
Napangati Ward burning. Photo: Dr Rachel Paltridge. (right) Bush tucker found in
Queensland. Photo: Tourism Australia.

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Christopher W.
Gives a better understanding of Indigenous life.

Easy to read.
From a different perspective.
A learning experience for me being non-indigenous, but have had many experiences with indigenous people from many parts of Australia.

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Terrie T.
Amazing

Asa AIEO I have found this book to be very valuable

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C.S.
Great for understanding

This book explains so much so simply.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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C
Christopher W.
Gives a better understanding of Indigenous life.

Easy to read.
From a different perspective.
A learning experience for me being non-indigenous, but have had many experiences with indigenous people from many parts of Australia.

T
Terrie T.
Amazing

Asa AIEO I have found this book to be very valuable

C
C.S.
Great for understanding

This book explains so much so simply.

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