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RESCHEDULED | Storytelling, setting the record straight about the shared history of Aboriginal Australians and their lived experience in the pastoral industry with Delyna Baxter
Rescheduled date: Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 10:30 AM
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Abstract
The Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach commissioned an extensive oral history project to record the lives and contribution of Aboriginal men and women to the Australian Pastoral industry. The oral histories were intended to contribute to an exhibition, and as a collection to be held by an appropriate organisation. 200 oral histories were recorded during 2011-2013.

Participants were Aboriginal men and women and included younger and older people, although the majority were retired from the industry. Strict ethical guidelines were followed during the collection phase of the project, and ethics approval for the analysis phase was provided by ethics committees from two universities. This talk is based on my experiences of collecting these oral histories, and how I use the genre of storytelling to act as a conduit to aid in the truth telling around Aboriginal peoples’ past experience of life in the pastoral industry.

Key themes to be explored in the talk relate in particular to peoples’ identities and the need for cultural transmission of knowledge. The oral histories provide rich insights into how identities are forged, maintained and managed through a changing historical landscape in Aboriginal Australia, but also contribute to an understanding of the contributors to wellbeing for these older past pastoral workers, as well as modern Aboriginal society.

May 31, 2022 10:30 AM in Darwin

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