'Since our last issue w e have said farewell to one Principal and welcomed his successor. Warwick Dix will be missed by many of us but w e greet Dr Bill Jonas and look forward to the coming years under his guidance and leadership. Readers will recall that I asked Warwick to write the last Editorial as a farewell act and an opportunity to make some personal observations on the Institute and the work we undertake. It seemed natural, then, to ask Bill to write this one on the inauguration of his term as Principal.
--Kingsley Palmer General Editor (Editorial)
Contents indexed selectively.
'In a media release early in 1990, the University of Queensland Press (UQP) launched the 'Black Australian Writers' series, suggesting that the aim was to 'open new and exciting opportunities in Black writing'. Such opportunities, of course, have been well and truly opened up for the best part of a decade, thanks to the resolve of publishing houses such as Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Allen and Unwin, Currency, Penguin and, of course, the Aboriginal Studies Press.' (Introduction)
'Generally speaking, purely anthropological studies of Aboriginal Australia have tended to focus on the language group, or incorporated community, as the Unit of analysis...' (Introduction)
'Growing Up Walgett is easy to read, with just over 85 pages of large print. It is a book which grew out of students' letters to their non-Aboriginal teacher, Cilka Zagar, to combat her boredom during the long daily bus ride home from school. A reader's interest is piqued by the colourful cover illustration of scenes of Walgett and by the photographs of people interspersed in the 35 page Foreword and Introduction. Interest continues to be drawn by the characters of the lead-in photographs of the 20 teenagers and young adults whose personal statements make up the remaining 54 page body of the book. There is no disappointment as the reader browses on, for the prose of the pieces lives up to the presentation.' (Introduction)
'Inhaadi ngalpurlaru yarta— Adnyamatharu. Inhanga Adnyamathanha ikaanggu, adi udnyuidla yanaanggata. (This is our country—Adnyamathanha people's. Adnyamathanha people lived here before the white men came.) Thus begins the imprimatur of a senior Adnyamathanha elder, Claude Demell, to Dorothy Tunbridge's beautiful book, Flinders Ranges Dreaming. This book is about Yura yarta, he tells us, Aboriginal country, his people's country-)'. Here are its stories. They aren't secret. We want you to know them.' (Introduction)
'This book is a useful 'Who Has Been Who ' of Aboriginal achievers in sport, and the index a handy checklist. If an Aboriginal sportsman or woman achieved a state-level or national reputation in any sport up to the mid-1980s, the chances are that they have been included.' (Introduction)
'Betty Colbung passed away in Perth on 21 February 1991 and was buried in Liverpool, Sydney, on the 6 March with a private ceremony for family and close friends at St Luke's Angtican Church, Liverpool.' (Introduction)