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Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

A collection of writings on women and Aboriginal identity from 15 senior Indigenous academics and community leaders. The collection engages with questions such as: What makes Aboriginal women strong? Why are grandmothers so important (even ones never met)? How is the connection to country different for Aboriginal people compared to non-Aboriginal people’s love of nature or sense of belonging to an area? What is Aboriginal spirituality?

These writings are generous, inclusive and considerate of the non-Aboriginal reader’s feelings. They are hopeful for the future, with an emphasis on acknowledging, joining, collaborating and caring. From the Introduction: “The value that Aboriginal women place on relationships emanates throughout the book.”


Praise for Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

“The book allows for a richer deeper understanding of Australian Aboriginal women’s perspectives and what they can offer the world. The rich contribution this book makes, is significant to say the least.”
Tanja Hirvonen, Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing

“... stories of resilience and triumph, and the authors make it clear that they are active agents rather than simply being shaped by external forces.”
Sarah Burnside, Overland Literary Journal

Darlene Oxenham
Professor Darlene Oxenham joined the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in February 2006 as Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning. Previously, Darlene held concurrent positions at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Deputy...

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Jeannie Herbert

Professor Jeannie Herbert graduated as a primary teacher in 1963 and continues to work in education. Having graduated with a PhD from RMIT, in 2003, she has been awarded the 2016 RMIT University Outstanding Alumnus Award Australia. In 2012, she...

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Jill Milroy
Jill Milroy is a Palyku woman whose country is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is Dean of the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. The key focus of her current research is in...

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Pat Dudgeon

Professor Pat Dudgeon is a psychologist and research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. She is a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association,...

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