Australia is a nation with a rich history and is composed of many unique cultures. First Nations Australians, Australia's first occupants, have lived and practiced their traditions on the land for over sixty thousand years.
While Indigenous Australians are frequently referred to as one large, singular community, there are actually two very different and distinct groups: Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
When we talk about Aboriginal Australians, we discuss those related to the individuals who inhabited Australia before Britain began its colonization in 1788. The Torres Strait Islander peoples, however, descend from residents of the Torres Strait Islands, a group of islands existing in what is known today as Queensland, Australia.
Between 750,000 and 1,250,000 Aboriginal Australians are estimated to have lived in Australia before the British invaded. Tragically, thousands of Indigenous people were killed due to withheld resources and great violence as settlers brutally seized their lands.
Currently, roughly 3% of Australians are of Aboriginal ancestry, with 250 different linguistic groups dispersed across the continent. Aboriginal Australians today still battle to preserve their culture and pursue both government recognition and reparation.
While the Indigenous people of Australia continue sharing their diverse cultures with each new generation through song, dance, ceremony, and language, much of their history has been lost or concealed. Sadly, because of this, unaltered documentation of Indigenous history and experiences is scarce.
Routledge's collection of indigenous books stands as an invaluable treasure, illuminating diverse cultures and perspectives with each page turned. These books are more than mere narratives; they are bridges to understanding, connecting readers to the rich culture of indigenous knowledge, history, and ways of life. They give voice to traditions that have often been marginalised, celebrating the resilience and wisdom of indigenous communities.
These Aboriginal books serve as a bridge between past and present, inviting readers to embark on a journey of understanding and reconciliation. In a world where the importance of preserving and celebrating Indigenous knowledge has never been clearer, our dedication to sharing Aboriginal voices through their collection of books is a crucial contribution to a more inclusive literary landscape.