A history of deep time: Indigenous knowledges and deep pasts in settler-colonial presents

Laura Rademaker*

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    Abstract

    Over the course of the twentieth century, scholars have found diverse ways of reading ‘Aboriginal Dreaming’ stories as historical accounts of events in Australia’s ‘deep time’. This article argues that, when analysed alongside developments in Australian settler–Indigenous relations, the various readings of Aboriginal stories map onto changing views of Indigenous difference as well as the usefulness and value of Indigenous culture as a ‘deep history’ or heritage for the settler nation. This analysis reveals that merely engaging with Indigenous stories is not inherently decolonising. Rather, the interpretation of Aboriginal story is best done with great care and in partnership with Indigenous owners of this knowledge.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)658-675
    Number of pages18
    JournalHistory Australia
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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