Marcia Langton’s Welcome to Country is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. Divided into two parts, the book introduces you to Indigenous cultures and then shows you how to explore Indigenous Australia.
In the first section Professor Marcia Langton offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, as well as cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. Marcia takes us on a journey through this continent. We meet the keepers of sacred places; those who carry the traditions of care for country. They who have held it for time immemorial just for us, all of us, no matter where our ancestral journeys may have begun they have brought us here.
The second part of the book includes a directory of almost 200 Indigenous tourism experiences, organised by state or territory, covering galleries and festivals, national parks and museums, communities that are open to visitors, as well as tours and performances.
With a foreword by Stan Grant, Marcia Langton’s Welcome to Country is essential for anyone travelling around Australia who wants to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years.
“Marcia tells us that kinship matters; culture matters; stories matter. She tells us too that law matters; Indigenous law and the fight to have our place recognised in a country that denied us for too long.” – Stan Grant
It also offers the chance to enjoy tourism opportunities that will show you a different side of this fascinating country — one that remains dynamic, and is filled with openness and diversity.
Professor Langton has received many accolades, including an Order of Australia, and has authored several books. In 1999 Professor Langton was one of five Indigenous leaders who were granted an audience with the Queen when Australians were debating the then imminent referendum on whether Australia should be a republic.
Welcome To Country is available from May 1st RRP $44.99 Published by HARDIE GRANT
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About the Author
Professor Marcia Langton is one of Australia’s most important voices for Indigenous Australia. She first became an Indigenous rights activist at Queensland University in the 1960s, and since then has worked with the Central Land Council, the 1989 Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, and the Cape York Land Council. She joined the former Northern Territory University in the 1990s, and has since 2000, worked at The University of Melbourne.