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Welcome to Country

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  18 reviews

Tourism Australia statistics show that many overseas tourists, as well as Australians, are keen to learn more about Australia’s first peoples. And while the Indigenous tourism industry continues to grow, no comprehensive travel guide is currently available.

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. Autho

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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Hardie Grant Travel
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Australia is alive with the long history of the Indigenous people, our culture and our presence.’

There are two parts to this beautifully presented book. The first part introduces Indigenous cultures, and the second part explores Indigenous Australia by State and Territory. Reading through this book made me aware of just how ignorant I am of so much Indigenous Australian culture and history. Partly this is because Indigenous history was not taught when I was at school in the 1960s (not in region
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Brona's Books
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first section, about 75 pages, provides chapters on prehistory, language and culture, kinship, art, performance, music, the Stolen Generation, native title, fakes and tourism, cultural awareness (the do's and dont's) and a useful glossary.

Part two - the final two-thirds of the book is a state by state run down on the various Indigenous activities available to see and experience.

Highly recommended for the culturally conscious traveller.
Kim
I'll be keeping this book in my collection and referring back to it from time to time. The bite size bits of information are very interesting.
Sarah Neofield
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a superb book. Welcome To Country is so much more than a travel guide, but a thoughtful essay on many aspects of Indigenous Australian culture and history. This book has made me see familiar places in a new light, and inspired me to explore others. I cannot recommend it highly enough, to both Australians looking to learn more about the nation we all share, as well as to visitors to Australia seeking to better understand one of the oldest continuous cultures on earth.
In my travels I have oft
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Emily Wrayburn
This book made me want to go travelling! Welcome To Country is an Australian travel-guide with a focus on the cultural heritage of Indigenous Australians.

It opens with chapters about Indigenous history and culture, and how colonisation caused so much dispossession, loss of culture, and outright genocide. 

There are also sections explaining Indigneous notions of kinship and ceremony, and other cultural aspects. As the book is written as a travel guide, none of this goes into huge amounts of depth,
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Lysh
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic glimpse at the world's oldest surviving (against all odds) culture. Great for tourists, teachers, and business people wanting to ensure they pay respect and have a basic understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customs. Links to various resources for further learning.
Jenny Esots
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Billed as a travel guide to indigenous Australia.
It is a very handsome book, so much so that I really wanted it to be larger in format.
I appreciate good quality photographs and these are crying out for a big coffee table sized book.
Each state has a comprehensive guide to indigenous places, national parks, culture and events.
South Australia is fortunate to have the very excellent Tarnarthi cultural program held in October each year. It is such a highlight of indigenous art, music, food and sharin
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tasha
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, aussie, to-buy
Essential for anyone wanting to travel around Australia.
Courtney
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative.

Beautifully presented in a two part hardback, Welcome To Country first goes into the traditions and culture of many of the different indigenous nations of Australia and then part two is dedicated to ways that you can explore each state from an indigenous point of view.

I did struggle a little with the font choice here for some reason, I found it really hard to read, especially in the parts that the font got even smaller but it was worth the struggle for the information.

Lisa
I read this book for #IndigLitWeek 2019 at ANZ Litlovers.
Much as I like the wealth of detail in Burnum Burnum's book and the walking trails to follow in Melbourne Dreaming, I think that Welcome to Country has a broader appeal. It is written as a tourist guide, to enable travellers to plan an itinerary that includes Indigenous culture, and to encourage business and tourism operators to get a bit smarter about the opportunities that are out there. If research has found that domestic visitors have
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Theresa
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really beautiful book - thick paper, embossed hardcover, full colour photos on nearly every page - that does really important work. The first half of the book provides a basic (but not simplistic) primer on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and history. It’s ostensibly targeted at visitors but I suspect a lot of Australians would benefit from reading this accessible description, which makes clear the diversity of peoples and their practices. The second half of the book describes, s ...more
Serrah Miles
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Country is an incredible prologue to the assortment and excellence of Aboriginal Australia - the nation, the individuals, their various dialects and dynamic social articulation in move, music, workmanship and guided voyages through nation. An absolute necessity for any nearby and guest who needs to know the astonishing social legacy of past and present day Australia. ...more
Veronica Strachan
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great education

Welcome to Country is an essential read for anyone seeking an introduction to Australian Aboriginal culture, kinship, art, performance, storytelling, and so much more. Langton provides insights into the ancient connections that remain integral to our First People today. She shares stories and introduces details for where you can learn and experience more in each state and territory. Even places I've visited had more to offer, deeper ways of knowing and understanding. I will cer
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Michael Mardel
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to country by Prof. Langton. This is a most informative book for any traveller or Australian who wants to learn about this country, and not the white man's. She has given an impressive array of where to visit in each state and territory, their history (over 50,000 years), the National Parks, their Dreamtime stories, the festivals, art galleries, Aboriginal tour guides, even down to how far each is from the nearest town. In the spirit of Reconciliation, I hope many people read this book.
julia
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australia
Absolutely loved this and I learned a ton. The format is perfect for learning about Aboriginal culture and customs and then breaking down each state of Australia and finding Aboriginal events and tours. Exactly what I was hoping for.
Corey
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic, clear and important introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's history and culture with so many important cultural tips and points. The first half of the book works through different pertinent topics such as language, art and NAIDOC week. The second half is a comprehensive list of Aboriginal and Toress Strait Islander businesses offering a variety of tourism services. This book is such a valuable guide to anyone visiting Australia and keen to engage with
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Lyndelle
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Beautiful words and images to describe the people and parts of our country that many who live their whole in Australia fail to see. The ideal resource for planning a trip around Australia. Only wish it had been available when we took our road trip in 2012. Plus an excellent supplement to SOSE and Australian history studies in the Australian high school national curriculum.
Jaq
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone visiting Australia or even living here. Absolutely glorious.
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