People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures. J. Altman, S. Kerins (eds.)

de Rijke, Kim (2013) People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures. J. Altman, S. Kerins (eds.). Australian Journal of Anthropology, 24 3: 259-261. doi:10.1111/taja.12065


Author de Rijke, Kim
Title People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures. J. Altman, S. Kerins (eds.)
Journal name Australian Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-8811
1757-6547
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1111/taja.12065
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 259
End page 261
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This edited volume by Jon Altman and Séan Kerins, both with a wealth of experience in Indigenous natural resource management, is the culmination of a five-year collaborative direct action research project called People on Country, Healthy Landscapes and Indigenous Economic Futures. It contains the contributions of no less than twenty seven authors, divided into two related parts: the perspectives of the Australian National University (ANU) researchers in part one, and the Indigenous partner perspectives by seven community based ranger groups in the Northern Territory and New South Wales in part two. Altman effectively introduces the policy context and synthesises the diverse contributions with pertinent observations about Indigenous occupation of, and rights to, land, the ecological significance of the ‘Indigenous estate’ (covering 20% of Australia and increasing), and the importance of Indigenous environmental work for Indigenous communities and the nation more broadly. The two-part structure reflects one of the key messages of the book: that policies and research with Indigenous people are enriched by a ‘two-way’ or ‘two-toolbox’ approach—western scientific and Indigenous—based on ‘equality born of a dialectical interdependence’ (p. xix). I will return to this approach further below...
Keyword Indigenous natural resource management
Northern Territory
Indigenous estate
Indigenous occupation
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Subtitle: "Annandale, NSW: The Federation Press, 2012. xxii + 250 pp., appendices, index. ISBN: 978-1862878938. AUD $39.95 (Pb.)."

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