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Between Two Worlds: Essays in Honour of the Visionary Aboriginal Elder, David Burrumarra

Ian S. McIntosh PhD

Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-145753-609-0
List Price: 29.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: March 2015
Edition: Perfectbound

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This tribute volume brings together over thirty essays in honour of the influential traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) leader David Burrumarra M.B.E. (1917-1994). These essays provide unparalleled insight into the life and works of this visionary thinker at what was a critical turning point in Australian history – the mid- to late twentieth century. Venturing deeply into the heart of the Aboriginal ‘Dreaming’, this book connects Burrumarra’s ‘totemic’ philosophy and his controversial political life. The essays encompass not only the development of remote indigenous Australian communities, but also the search for Aboriginal land and sea rights, and the quest for justice and reconciliation. Of particular interest is how the Yolngu cultural heritage, so influential in determining the trajectory of intercultural relations, built upon a legacy of over 200 years of contact with ‘Macassan’ fishermen from Indonesia. These traders introduced both Islam and the skills of iron-making to Yolngu long before the arrival of English explorer Captain Cook in Australia in 1770.

Australian Anthropologist Dr. Ian S. McIntosh is the Director of International Partnerships at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Associate Director of the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis. He is the former Managing Director of Cultural Survival, one of the world’s foremost organizations promoting the rights, voices and visions of indigenous peoples. His great passion is Aboriginal Australia where he has worked hand in hand with indigenous peoples in both Queensland and the Northern Territory, including seven years in north-east Arnhem Land in the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. McIntosh has written two books and over 100 articles on indigenous themes, and is a co-founder of Past Masters International, a multidisciplinary team of history and heritage specialists searching the Indian Ocean for clues relating to the discovery of medieval Kilwa Sultanate (Tanzania, Africa) coins on the remote and beautiful Wessel Islands of northern Australia.