Tourism Australia statistics show that many overseas tourists, as well as Australians, are keen to learn more about Australia’s First Peoples. And while the Aboriginal tourism industry continues to grow, no comprehensive travel guide is currently available.
Marcia Langton’s Welcome to Country is a guidebook to Aboriginal Australia.
She answers questions such as what does ‘country' mean to Aboriginal people. A detailed introduction covers Aboriginal languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors.
This is followed by a directory of Aboriginal tourism experiences, organised into state and territory sections, covering galleries and festivals, communities that are open to visitors, tours and performances.
This book is for everyone travelling around this fascinating country who wants to gain an insight into the culture that has thrived here for more than 50,000 years, and enjoy tourism opportunities that will show you a different side of Australia — one that remains dynamic, and is filled with openness and diversity. This book will quickly become one of the most important travel guides to be published in recent times.
A landmark book. — Simon Marnie, ABC Radio Sydney
About the Author
Professor Marcia Langton is one of Australia's most important Aboriginal voices. She first became an Aboriginal rights activist at Queensland University in the 1970s, and since then has worked with the Central Land Council, the Cape York Land Council and for the 1989 Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. Professor Langton is an academic working at Melbourne University. She has received many accolades, including an Order of Australia, and has authored several books.