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Readings in Indigenous Cultural Heritage

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			Contents			  Page
Preface ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………	1
The Essential Themes and Concepts of Indigenous Australian Religion ………………………………	3
	Why indigenous religion has remained unexplored ………………………………………………………………	3
	The universal nature of indigenous Australian religion ……………………………………………	4
	The idea of human pre-existence not afterlife ……………………………………………………………………	5
	The continuing life of the deceased in the dreaming of the living ………………	6
	The concept of a non-interventionist God …………………………………………………………………………………	7
	How the ideas of spirit flesh and skin embedded in social structure …………	8
Vertical diagonal and horizontal pairings of skin groups ……………………………………………………………	9
	Tribal moiety divisions as either spirit or flesh classes ……………………………………	10
	The skin totem system of the Kulin nation ………………………………………………………………………………	10
	Spirit, flesh and skin totems as a binary matrix ……………………………………………………………	11
	Locating family members within the skin totem matrix …………………………………………………	12
	Other mothers and fathers and other brothers and sisters ………………………………………	13
A Modern Interpretation of Traditional Indigenous Social Structure …………………………………	15
	The measure of a civil society ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………	15
	Corporate Australia prior to 1788 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………	16
	Equal opportunity, educational and seniority principles in governance ……	17
	The concepts of spirit flesh and skin in social structure ……………………………………	18
	Spirit, flesh and skin relationships of the Gunditjmara …………………………………………	19
	A model of indigenous family and social structure …………………………………………………………	20
	The differing definitions of family relationship terms ……………………………………………	20
Marngrook –Our Original National Football Game ………………………………………………………………………………………	23
	The context of Tom Wills’ early years …………………………………………………………………………………………	23
	The social context at the birth of Australian football ……………………………………………	25
	The marketing of ‘a game of our own' ……………………………………………………………………………………………	26
	The hidden connection between marngrook and Australian football ……………………	27
	A personal perspective …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………	29
	Pioneer descriptions of indigenous football …………………………………………………………………………	30
	The socially integrative significance of marngrook ………………………………………………………	34
	How marngrook was played ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………	35
	Does our language show a link between the two games? …………………………………………………	37
	The contextual arguments linking the two games …………………………………………………………………	38
	The official history of football continues to ignore context ……………………………	39
Handy Hints for Helping Professionals on Indigenous Cultural Differences …………………	42
	We all have trouble articulating our cultural differences ……………………………………	42
	The reality of trans-generational trauma …………………………………………………………………………………	42
	The suppression of culture on the mission stations ………………………………………………………	44
	The nature of cultural differences surviving mission life ……………………………………	45
	Children are not parental property …………………………………………………………………………………………………	46
	The clash of values in contemporary society …………………………………………………………………………	48
	Understanding contemporary cultural differences ………………………………………………………………	49
	Issues of professional engagement with indigenous clients ……………………………………	50
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