'Survival In Our Own Land presents history in 'South Australia' for the first time from the point of view of Nungas, as many 'Aborigines' call themselves, showing Goonyas, as Europeans are called, as the invaders.
Almost 150 Nungas have told how the Goonya invasion and implementation of Goonya law and policy have affected us. Fifty years ago for 'South Australia's' centenary we were a chapter in a Goonya book. Now we are our own books.
The stories, in prose and poetry, speak volumes of much that has been previously omitted from history and textbooks. Many have been told for the first time for this book. Extracts from Goonya archival documents, many never before published, have also been included to illustrate Goonya attitudes and actions which have caused the deaths of many of our people and the destruction of much of our culture.' (Source: Back Cover)
'The Ngarrindjeri People is an Aboriginal studies course which details the history, culture and life experiences of the Aboriginal groups who were the original inhabitants of the areas along the River Murray, Lakes and Coorong.'
'This course is important in that Ngarrindjeri people are now a significant part of the South Australian community. Ngarrindjeri country, chiefly the River Murray and Coorong, is now used extensively for both agricultural and recreational purposes and through this course students will learn to appreciate its historical cultural significance in addition to its value as a natural resource.'
'The Ngarrindjeri People is a part of the 8-12 Aboriginal studies program which has been developed to meet the needs of students, teachers and Aboriginal people.' (Source: page 7)