Welcome to Country
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
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 ...more
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.
In my travels I have oft ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more