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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Fitzroy, Victoria

VACL is the peak Indigenous body for Victorian Aboriginal Languages, created to develop partnerships with, and provide resources and information to, government and non-government and community organisations. The VACL Library is a repository for specialist language materials for Indigenous communities. It also houses a range of media including books, audio-visual materials, manuscripts and other items in print and electronic form.

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70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria (map)
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+61 (03) 9600 3811
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Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (closed Public Holidays) Appointment required. Please telephone to arrange a visit.

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70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria

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The VACL Library is a unique and highly significant resource. It features the most complete holding of materials on Victorian Aboriginal languages in existence, and is the only place prioritising Community as well as historical and linguistic materials. To achieve VACL’s aim of providing and maintaining a central resource for Victorian Indigenous languages to benefit local Aboriginal communities and individuals of Victorian Aboriginal descent, the Library’s focus is on Aboriginal languages in Victoria. However, the collection extends to resources on interstate Indigenous languages, as well as covering issues of endangered languages and language reclamation around the world. Although its focus remains on Aboriginal languages of Victoria, the Library's specialisation encompasses a diverse range of subject areas. The collection contains resources covering, but not restricted to, the subjects of linguistics, history, sociology, education and botany.

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Please contact us in the event that you are the owner of the copyright or related rights in any of the material on this website, or in a publication or broadcast to which VACL has provided material from its collections, and you believe that the material may be subject to a third party ownership or another legal claim,or you believe that use of this material infringes your intellectual property or any other rights.
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For any other copyright queries, please contact us on vacl@vaclang.org.au

Elizabeth Swan 5 July 2016 5:07 PM

Hi I'm an Aboriginal teacher who is teaching Aboriginal Gamilaroi language in a high school years 7 and 8. I have very limited resources and wondering if there is anything on our language that I may be able to borrow or purchase .

Jenny Gibson 6 July 2016 11:31 AM

Dear Elizabeth, thank you very much for contacting us. Although we do have resources relating to Gamilaroi Language, items in our collection are not for sale or loan. I'm wondering where you are located. If we know your region, we might be able to point you to more local organisations that could help you and your students. If you're in or ever around Melbourne, we would love you to visit. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact us on (03) 9600 3811 or info@vaclang.org.au. Thanks again for your message, Kind Regards, Jenny Gibson

Patricia Holt 2 May 2017 8:14 AM

thank you for the website. I would like to know how you would name the original people of the Creswick, Vic. area. I have seen mention of Wemba Wemba and Dja Dja Warrung, also Kulin nation (in your website for the dictionary of Wathawoorrong. Thank you

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Thesis - Ganai : a study of the Aboriginal languages of Gippsland based on 19th century materials

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Honours thesis in linguistics (unpublished) at Monash University. Detailed studies of Gippsland languages (Ganai) including maps, extensive discussion of historical sources, and a fairly detailed grammatical study of Ganai. Includes wordlists organised by areas of meaning.

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Maps, word lists

Book - Plants of significance to the Ganai Community

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This publication identifies the plants which are known to have been used by the Ganai community. A photograph is provided for each plants and is accompanied by an explanation of the plant's usage. The scientific name, common name and the Ganai name, where known, is given for each plant.

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Maps, colour illustrations, colour photographs, glossary

Booklet - Short stories in Wangkatha : short stories from the Western Desert

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

An assortment of songs and stories in the Wangkatha language.

Book - Aboriginal languages K-10 : syllabus

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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tables

Book - Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution : report of the expert panel

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Current multiparty support has created a historic opportunity to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia, to affirm their full and equal citizenship, and to remove the last vestiges of racial discrimination from the Constitution. The Expert Panel was tasked to report to the Government on possible options for constitutional change to give effect to Indigenous constitutional recognition, including advice as to the level of support from Indigenous people and the broader community for these options. This executive summary sets out the Panel's conclusions and recommendations" [taken from executive summary]. Report contains draft Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures, languages and heritage, to replace racially discriminatory provisions and to include a prohibition of racial discrimination. Letter to the Prime Minister Foreword from the co-chairs Executive summary Introduction: Expert panel and its methodology 1. Historical background 2. Comparative and international recognition 3. The national conversation: themes from the consultation program 4. Forms of recognition 5. The 'race' provisions 6. Racial non-discrimination 7. Governance and political participation 8. Agreement-making 9. The question of sovereignty 10. Approaches to the referendum 11. Draft bill Appendixes Bibliography.

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maps, tables, colour photographs, charts

Book - Map reading handbook

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps, b&w photographs, charts, diagrams

Book - The Aborigines of Victoria : with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania : compiled from various sources for the Government of Victoria by R. Brough Smyth : vol. 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Produced in two large volumes, Robert Brough Smyth has collected information on various tribes and their customs, as well as their physical and mental character; birth and education of children; marriage; death and burial of the dead; daily lives of the natives; food; diseases; dress and personal ornaments; weapons; implements and manufacturers; nets and fish hooks; methods of producing fire; canoes and myths. Smyth also devotes about two hundred pages to Aboriginal languages, as well as including details and customs of the aborigines in Tasmania. Complete with hundreds of sketches, the work is still a valuable resource not only for those with in an interest in aboriginal culture, but also those wanting to know the early history of Australia.

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maps, b&w illustrations, word lists

Book - Research information regarding Hopping Kitty : Orbost area : Ganai

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Names of the Victorian Alps : their origins, meanings and history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Gives a comprehensive account of the origins of local names in the area. Anecdotes of interesting pieces of history.

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Maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Earth

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Novel partially in Wathaurong.

Book - Early reminiscences of the Wimmera and Mallee and Reminiscences of the early Mallee and Wimmera

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps, b&w photographs

Book - 2013 Dungala-Kaiela Express Yourself Writing Awards : story/yarn/article/play, in Yorta Yorta language in any written form, poem/lyric/rap

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Writing competition featuring entries from all ages. Entries take the form of stories, articles, plays, poetry, lyrics and raps. Encourages Indigenous people of the region to write well and develop good standards of literacy.

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Illustrations

Video - Waywurru and Dhudhuroa language program : a spelling system

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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videocassette

Book - Victorian squatters

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Detailed study of the white settlement of Victoria, with extensive maps and registers of early squatters.

Book - Koorie studies : classroom activities together : teachers resource book 2

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Resource book developed by Aboriginal woman in consultation with local Kurnai community of Gippsland, Victoria; includes advice on story telling, involving community and parents, Koorie parents view of schooling , how Koories learn, strategies and activities for classroom, shows symbols used in art, making animal tracks, Kurnai stories include the first man and woman, the Southern Cross and the moon, the talking dog, the echidna, robin redbreast, Tidda-lick the frog, origin of fire, Kur-bo-roo the koala bear, how the sun was made; artwork in planning lessons is copyright free.

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b&w illustrations, games, classroom activities

Book - Badtjala - English : English - Badtjala : word list

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Informal publication, spiral bound, with word lists in alphabetical order in a series of categories.

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Colour photographs, word lists

Book - Gunditjmara country : a science and humanities approach to the people, the land and the future

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Gunditjmara Country is an integrated unit which looks at the lives, traditions and culture of the Gunditjmara People of Western Victoria. Developed as part of the Kormilda Science Project and targeted at all Australian students, this work recognises the need for Western and Indigenous cultures to contribute to the comprehensive education of Australia's youth. The introduction provides a guide to implementing this program of study in schools and includes feedback from teachers involved in trialling the material.

Book - Into history : the Australian historical directory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Conference proceedings - Maintaining the links : language, identity and the land : proceedings of the Seventh FEL Conference, Broome, Western Australia, 22-24 September 2003

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Major headings: Languages & Land claims; Toponymy & Topography; Planning for the future; Language, identity & the environment; Language & Identity: Home & Away; Language revitalisation: Maintenance; Documenting ENdangered Languages

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Maps, graphs, word lists

Book - Language &? nation building : a study of the language medium policy in Malaysia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The history of medium of instruction policy in the Malaysian education system. The implementation process and its challenges from 1970-1983. The implementation of English language policy in the Malaysian education system.

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Tables

Book - Historical records of Victoria : foundation series : volume 2A : the Aborigines of Port Phillip 1835-1839

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Reproductions of various transactions and reports dealing with Aboriginal people in Port Phillip in the period 1835-39, beginning with some of the earliest reports and tracing the evolution of government interaction and policy towards Aborigines in the 19th century. Covers mission work, government reports, the native police, conflicts with squatters, with numerous illustrations and original reports. Contents: Part I, Evolution of British policy Ch. 1. Proposals to appoint protectors of aborigines Ch. 2. Racial conflict in the year of official settlement at Port Phillip Ch. 3. House of Commons Select Committee on Aborigines Part II, The Wesleyan Mission at Buntingdale Ch. 4. Establishment and early operations of the Wesleyan mission Part III, The Government acts Ch. 5. Establishing the first government mission 1835-7 Ch. 6. Food and clothing for the Aborigines Ch. 7. Punishment of Aborigines found drunk, 1836-8 Ch. 8. Operations of the government mission, November 1837 to March 1839 Ch. 9. First attempt to form a native police corps Part IV, Growing conflict with squatters, 1837-8 Ch. 10. The disappearance of Gellibrand and Hesse Ch. 11. Attacks in the Western District Ch. 12. Attacks on the overland routes to Port Phillip Ch. 13. Evolution of policy in Sydney, 1838.

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b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, tables, document reproductions

Book - Compact '98 : youth sector compact of commitment to Reconciliation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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colour illustrations, b&w illustrations

Book - Aboriginal myths, legends and fables

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Aboriginal myths, legends and fables create a rich wealth of stories from Aboriginal Cultural heritage. The stories tell of the mystical bonds that exist between Aboriginal people, their environment and the spirit life of the Dreamtime. Each story provides the reader with an insight into the fascinating beliefs of one of the oldest living cultures on earth.

Book - Hidden histories

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Collection of Print outs from an online project visited on 26/11/2003.

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B&w photographs

Journal - Language documentation and description, Vol. 2

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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Word lists, screen shots, graphs

Conference proceedings - Endangered languages and literacy : proceedings of the Fourth FEL Conference, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 21-24 September 2000

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Main headings: Opening the book; Literacy from within; Choosing an orthography; Literacy & Dialect diversity; Promoting literacy; Cautionary notes

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maps, b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, tables

Book - Sources for South Australian history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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document reproductions, posters

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : confronting cruelty

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w photographs

Book - The Aborigines of south-eastern Australia : as they were

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contents: p.1-3; Origins, arrival in Australia; p.4-9; How they lived - camp sites, dating (including carbon dating); p.10-27; Physical appearance, skin colour, hair, clothing, body ornaments, cicatrization; exchange system, distribution of food, marriage &? sexual relations; the tribe - structure, relationship to land, territory, gives map showing locations of tribes, New South Wales, Victoria &? eastern South Australia, leadership, government, division of labour, status of women, estimated population at white settlement, density of population (Victoria); p.28-31; Language - names &? naming, reproduces Wembawemba vocabulary, notes use of secret languages, gives 12 rules for pronounciation; p.32-53; Religion, spirit beliefs, totemism, moieties, phratries, marriage rules; mythology, gives eaglehawk &? crow myth from Lake Victoria &? other myths illustrating origins of fire &? natural rock formations, mythical beasts (Bunyip, Mindie), stellar beliefs; magic, medicine men, powers, native remedies for sickness, describes ceremony held in Melbourne, 1847 to avert evil, sorcery, pointing bone, love magic, rain makers; messengers, appearance, etiquette, message sticks; p.54-71; Rock art, motifs, colours, decorative art, engraving of utensils, rock engravings, manufacture &? use of pigments, engraving techniques; trade system, objects bartered, meeting places for trade (Victoria), map shows possible routes (south east Australia); corroborees, purpose, body ornaments &? decorations, musical instruments; p.72-93; Ceremonial life, marriage, punishment for infidelity, birth, childhood, games &? amusements, initiation, etiquette of visiting tribes, details of ceremony, womens role, earth figures &? ground designs, bull roarers, female puberty ceremonies; p.94-133; Shelters, fire making, cooking, construction of canoes, wooden implements, use of reeds, animal skins &? sinews, shells; stone tools, cylindro conical stones, scrapers, knives &? microliths; hunting weapons, spear, other methods pits, nets; fishing methods &? spears, traps; food sharing, womens responsibilities for collecting, digging stick, cooking methods, insect foods, plant foods, water resources; manufacture &? use of spears, spear throwers, shields, clubs, boomerangs; inter- &? intratribal fighting; p.134-147; Death, disposal of body - eating of the dead, burial, cremation, platform exposure, dendroglyphs (N.S.W.), Aboriginal burial grounds (Darling &? Murray Rivers), mourning, widowhood, kopi caps (N.S.W.), causes of death, inquest ceremonies, revenge expedition, after death beliefs; p.148-157; The end of the tribes white settlement &? its impact on Aboriginal life, friction between natives &? settlers, establishment of Protectorates; copiously illustrated throughout.

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Dictionary of Aboriginal placenames of Gippsland and Northeast Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Includes Indigenous and European place names, gives their origins.

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maps, b&w photographs

Book - Yiruk plant use

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Large spiral bound photocopy of the text. Covers many aspects of the Gunai language, particularly through plants and shells.

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Maps, b&w illustrations, word lists

Book - A treaty with the Aborigines?

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A time for reconciliation / Bob Hawke -- Treaty is a recipe for separatism / John Howard -- A treaty for land justice and self-determination / Janine Haines -- Why a treaty? / Galarrwuy Yunupingu -- Aborigines are Australian, too / Bob Liddle -- Fallacies weaken the case for a treaty / Geoffrey Blainey -- Why whites also need an Aboriginal treaty / Roberta Sykes -- The quest for Aboriginal sovereignty / Hugh Morgan -- Legal and constitutional considerations / Mark Cooray -- Australia as terra nullius / Peter van Hattem -- Canada: towards Aboriginal self-government? / Jean Chretien -- American Indian treaties: historic relics / Peter Samuel -- The long aftermath of Waitangi / Antomy C. Turner -- Appendix 1: The Barunga statement -- Appendix 2: Preamble to the ATSIC Bill -- Appendix 3: Press attitudes to a treaty -- Appendix 4: Aboriginal population and land

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maps, b&w photographs

CD-ROM - Database of Aboriginal placenames of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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CD-ROM

Book - Keeping language alive

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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Maps, colour photographs, colour illustrations, sheet music, games

Book - The journals of George Augustus Robinson, Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate : volume one : 1 January 1839 - 30 September 1840

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The journals of George Augustus Robinson (1788-1866), the Chief Protector of Aborigines of Port Phillip from 1839- March 1850 are a rich source of historical and ethnohistorical information. His voluminous private papers and journals were acquired by the Mitchell Library in NSW in 1939. The publications of Robinson's journals is an important addition to the already published material, for they offer insights into the state of relations between Aboriginal people and Europeans in the districts visited.

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document reproductions, b&w illustrations, word lists

Periodical - Victorian historical journal

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : women's suffrage centenary issue

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, cartoons

Book - Victoria's box-ironbark country : a field guide

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Gives thorough introduction to the dry-forest area and the plants and animals of that habitat.

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Maps, colour photographs, b&w illustrations

Book - Wurundjeri (Woi wurrung) : cultural resource kit

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Aimed at primary aged children, contains stories, activities and information to assist in education the young person.

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games, colour illustrations

Book - Southern Anthropology : a History of Fison and Howitt's Kamilaroi and Kurnai

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

From far-flung sites in Australia and the Pacific Islands, Lorimer Fison and A. W. Howitt produced the landmark study, 'Kamilaroi and Kurnai' (1880). Their book revealed the complexity of Aboriginal and Pacific Island societies and changed the course of anthropology in the early years of the discipline. Using archival sources and an innovative approach, Southern Anthropology explores the research, writing and reception of 'Kamilaroi and Kurnai'. Historical chapters track Fison and Howitt's collection and analysis of anthropological material in the context of raging debates about the evolution of humans. This narrative is interspersed with an introduction to the kinship and social organisation of Aboriginal and Pacific Island people that highlight the enduring value of Fison and Howitt's methods and the resurgence of their questions in contemporary anthropology. Southern Anthropology is designed to be read across disciplinary boundaries.

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b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, tables, document reproductions

Book - Yipirinya School profile

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Notes on a school providing a Bilingual Education in an independent community school.

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colour photographs, tables

Book - The Graham Pizzey &? Frank Knight field guide to the birds of Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Detailed descriptions of Australian native birds at all life stages, including their calls and range of habitat.

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Maps, colour illustrations, colour photographs

Book - Barriyala - let's work : Gumbaynggirr language student workbook 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Workbook with songs, games and activities for primary school children.

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Colour illustrations, b&w illustrations, word lists

Periodical - Australian Aboriginal studies : journal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

'Whose Ethics?':Codifying and enacting ethics in research settings Bringing ethics up to date? A review of the AIATSIS ethical guidelines Michael Davis (Independent Academic) A revision of the AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies was carried out during 2009-10. The purpose of the revision was to bring the Guidelines up to date in light of a range of critical developments that have occurred in Indigenous rights, research and knowledge management since the previous version of the Guidelines was released in 2000. In this paper I present an outline of these developments, and briefly discuss the review process. I argue that the review, and the developments that it responded to, have highlighted that ethical research needs to be thought about more as a type of behaviour and practice between engaged participants, and less as an institutionalised, document-focused and prescriptive approach. The arrogance of ethnography: Managing anthropological research knowledge Sarah Holcombe (ANU) The ethnographic method is a core feature of anthropological practice. This locally intensive research enables insight into local praxis and culturally relative practices that would otherwise not be possible. Indeed, empathetic engagement is only possible in this close and intimate encounter. However, this paper argues that this method can also provide the practitioner with a false sense of his or her own knowing and expertise and, indeed, with arrogance. And the boundaries between the anthropologist as knowledge sink - cultural translator and interpreter - and the knowledge of the local knowledge owners can become opaque. Globalisation and the knowledge ?commons?, exemplified by Google, also highlight the increasing complexities in this area of the governance and ownership of knowledge. Our stronghold of working in remote areas and/or with marginalised groups places us at the forefront of negotiating the multiple new technological knowledge spaces that are opening up in the form of Indigenous websites and knowledge centres in these areas. Anthropology is not immune from the increasing awareness of the limitations and risks of the intellectual property regime for protecting or managing Indigenous knowledge. The relevance of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in opening up a ?rights-based? discourse, especially in the area of knowledge ownership, brings these issues to the fore. For anthropology to remain relevant, we have to engage locally with these global discourses. This paper begins to traverse some of this ground. Protocols: Devices for translating moralities, controlling knowledge and defining actors in Indigenous research, and critical ethical reflection Margaret Raven (Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP), Murdoch University) Protocols are devices that act to assist with ethical research behaviour in Indigenous research contexts. Protocols also attempt to play a mediating role in the power and control inherent in research. While the development of bureaucratically derived protocols is on the increase, critiques and review of protocols have been undertaken in an ad hoc manner and in the absence of an overarching ethical framework or standard. Additionally, actors implicated in research networks are seldom theorised. This paper sketches out a typology of research characters and the different moral positioning that each of them plays in the research game. It argues that by understanding the ways actors enact research protocols we are better able to understand what protocols are, and how they seek to build ethical research practices. Ethics and research: Dilemmas raised in managing research collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander materials Grace Koch (AIATSIS) This paper examines some of the ethical dilemmas for the proper management of research collections of Indigenous cultural materials, concentrating upon the use of such material for Native Title purposes. It refers directly to a number of points in the draft of the revised AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies and draws upon both actual and hypothetical examples of issues that may arise when requests are made for Indigenous material. Specific concerns about ethical practices in collecting data and the subsequent control of access to both the data itself and to published works based upon it are raised within the context of several types of collections, including those held by AIATSIS and by Native Title Representative Bodies. Ethics or social justice? Heritage and the politics of recognition Laurajane Smith (ANU) Nancy Fraser?s model of the politics of recognition is used to examine how ethical practices are interconnected with wider struggles for recognition and social justice. This paper focuses on the concept of 'heritage' and the way it is often uncritically linked to 'identity' to illustrate how expert knowledge can become implicated in struggles for recognition. The consequences of this for ethical practice and for rethinking the role of expertise, professional discourses and disciplinary identity are discussed. The ethics of teaching from country Michael Christie (CDU), with the assistance of Yi?iya Guyula, Kathy Gotha and Dh�?gal Gurruwiwi The 'Teaching from Country' program provided the opportunity and the funding for Yol?u (north-east Arnhem Land Aboriginal) knowledge authorities to participate actively in the academic teaching of their languages and cultures from their remote homeland centres using new digital technologies. As two knowledge systems and their practices came to work together, so too did two divergent epistemologies and metaphysics, and challenges to our understandings of our ethical behaviour. This paper uses an examination of the philosophical and pedagogical work of the Yol?u Elders and their students to reflect upon ethical teaching and research in postcolonial knowledge practices. Closing the gaps in and through Indigenous health research: Guidelines, processes and practices Pat Dudgeon (UWA), Kerrie Kelly (Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association) and Roz Walker (UWA) Research in Aboriginal contexts remains a vexed issue given the ongoing inequities and injustices in Indigenous health. It is widely accepted that good research providing a sound evidence base is critical to closing the gap in Aboriginal health and wellbeing outcomes. However, key contemporary research issues still remain regarding how that research is prioritised, carried out, disseminated and translated so that Aboriginal people are the main beneficiaries of the research in every sense. It is widely acknowledged that, historically, research on Indigenous groups by non-Indigenous researchers has benefited the careers and reputations of researchers, often with little benefit and considerably more harm for Indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally. This paper argues that genuine collaborative and equal partnerships in Indigenous health research are critical to enable Aboriginal and Torres Islander people to determine the solutions to close the gap on many contemporary health issues. It suggests that greater recognition of research methodologies, such as community participatory action research, is necessary to ensure that Aboriginal people have control of, or significant input into, determining the Indigenous health research agenda at all levels. This can occur at a national level, such as through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Road Map on Indigenous research priorities (RAWG 2002), and at a local level through the development of structural mechanisms and processes, including research ethics committees? research protocols to hold researchers accountable to the NHMRC ethical guidelines and values which recognise Indigenous culture in all aspects of research. Researching on Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar: Methodologies for positive transformation Steve Hemming (Flinders University) , Daryle Rigney (Flinders University) and Shaun Berg (Berg Lawyers) Ngarrindjeri engagement with cultural and natural resource management over the past decade provides a useful case study for examining the relationship between research, colonialism and improved Indigenous wellbeing. The Ngarrindjeri nation is located in south-eastern Australia, a ?white? space framed by Aboriginalist myths of cultural extinction recycled through burgeoning heritage, Native Title, natural resource management ?industries?. Research is a central element of this network of intrusive interests and colonising practices. Government management regimes such as natural resource management draw upon the research and business sectors to form complex alliances to access funds to support their research, monitoring, policy development, management and on-ground works programs. We argue that understanding the political and ethical location of research in this contemporary management landscape is crucial to any assessment of the potential positive contribution of research to 'Bridging the Gap' or improving Indigenous wellbeing. Recognition that research conducted on Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar (country/body/spirit) has impacts on Ngarrindjeri and that Ngarrindjeri have a right and responsibility to care for their lands and waters are important platforms for any just or ethical research. Ngarrindjeri have linked these rights and responsibilities to long-term community development focused on Ngarrindjeri capacity building and shifts in Ngarrindjeri power in programs designed to research and manage Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar. Research agreements that protect Ngarrindjeri interests, including cultural knowledge and intellectual property, are crucial elements in these shifts in power. A preliminary review of ethics resources, with particular focus on those available online from Indigenous organisations in WA, NT and Qld Sarah Holcombe (ANU) and Natalia Gould (La Trobe University) In light of a growing interest in Indigenous knowledge, this preliminary review maps the forms and contents of some existing resources and processes currently available and under development in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, along with those enacted through several cross-jurisdictional initiatives. A significant majority of ethics resources have been developed in response to a growing interest in the application of Indigenous knowledge in land and natural resource management. The aim of these resources is to ?manage? (i.e. protect and maintain) Indigenous knowledge by ensuring ethical engagement with the knowledge holders. Case studies are drawn on from each jurisdiction to illustrate both the diversity and commonality in the approach to managing this intercultural engagement. Such resources include protocols, guidelines, memorandums of understanding, research agreements and strategic plans. In conducting this review we encourage greater awareness of the range of approaches in practice and under development today, while emphasising that systematic, localised processes for establishing these mechanisms is of fundamental importance to ensuring equitable collaboration. Likewise, making available a range of ethics tools and resources also enables the sharing of the local and regional initiatives in this very dynamic area of Indigenous knowledge rights.

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b&w photographs, colour photographs

Audio CD - Beyond the bars 8 : 3CR's prison broadcasts : NAIDOC week 2011

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The CD is the 8th in a series of prison broadcast productions. The Beyond the Bars 8 broadcasts took place in NAIDOC week 2011. Includes interviews, songs, poems, messages from Indigenous inmates at Port Phillip Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Barwon Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. Program Coordinator Meg Butler; production assistance Elanor McInerney; project coordination support Juliet Fox.

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CD

Book - Vanishing voices : the extinction of the world's languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Looking at vanishing languages from around the world and what can be done to prevent it.

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B&w illustrations, b&w photographs, maps

Leaflet - Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

1. Setting up an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation 2. The rules of the corporation 3. Changing the rules 4. Register of members and membership records 5. The rights and obligations of members 6. The role of the governing committee 7. The role of the chairperson 8. The role of the treasurer 9. The role of the secretary 10. The role of the public officer 11. Running a governing committee meeting 12. Conflicts of interest 13. Running an annual general meeting 14. Running a special general meeting 15. How to keep proper minutes and why 16. Preparing and using budgets for management 17. Looking after the corporation's finances 18. It's the end of the year: what do we do? 19. Exemption from preparing and lodging audited financial statements 20. Does your corporation need assistance 21. When, how and why does the registrar intervene.

CD-ROM - FireMapCD Riverland &? Murray Mallee

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The area covered by this map is the same as the CFS Riverland & Murray Mallee Map Book. The area covered adjoins the Mount Lofty Ranges map book on the eastern boundary at Murray Bridge, north to Morgan and east to Renmark and the State Border. It extends southwards to join the northern boundary of the Lower South East map book at Padthaway.

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CD-ROM

DVD - Talking Language with Ernie Dingo

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

In this six-part series, Ernie Dingo explores the revival, maintenance and creation of languages which are in a constant state of change. He reveals the complex balance between language and relationship to country, and discovers how this balance has been affected since European colonisation. Ernie asks an important question of the Elders he meets - What is the future of the Aboriginal language spoken in their community?

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DVD

Book - Bush foods and biodiversity : Victorian Aboriginal bush food activities

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This resource has been developed to assist teachers in bringing the topic of bushfoods and biodiversity into the curriculum. It is aimed at providing non-Aboriginal students (but does not preclude Aboriginal students from taking part in these activities) curriculum linked hands-on activities designed to introduce them to the world of Aboriginal bush foods.

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B&w illustrations, tables