It focuses on the four major periods of time that shaped our current cultural context: pre-settlement, nineteenth century, the middle period and the twentieth century. Through this lens the chapter traces the growth of modern lifestyles and their impact on the indigenous cultural environments of Australia. It also examines the relationship between these modern conditions and the development of the indigenous culture.
The cultural environment has changed over time. The first major period is the pre-settlement period. This period includes such cultural developments as European contact, European expansion, first immigration and slavery, and the formation of the first official settlers in Australia. This period is also known as the ‘cultural shock’ because it brought with it considerable changes in the way that the indigenous communities lived.
The second period was the nineteenth century. This period represents a period of marked economic, social and political change. As a result, there was an ongoing shift in the cultural environments of both settlers and indigenous communities.
The third period of time is the twentieth century. This period represents a period of great social change in Australia – including the establishment of immigration laws, the opening up of the country to the new settlement, the birth of mass immigration, the birth of a welfare state, and the expansion of the cultural industries.
The final period of time is the twenty-first century and represents the birth of a multicultural society. This process of cultural and historical analysis helps identify the cultural and social contexts associated with the development of modern Australian society. It also seeks to describe the various changes in the indigenous cultures in response to these changes in a broad perspective.
As an educational resource, this cultural context and analysis is designed for students to gain a deeper understanding of the complex nature of the interaction of the indigenous cultures with the non-indigenous cultures in Australia. It also helps students to recognize the differences between the cultural landscapes, practices and customs of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and helps them to appreciate the important roles that cultural landscapes play in the contemporary lives of the peoples who live in them.
This book is a wonderful resource for the study of indigenous cultures in Australia. It gives students the opportunity to see the cultural and social contexts of their own cultural environments, to understand and appreciate the unique histories of their traditional communities, and to investigate the important role that their communities have played in shaping their own lives.
A culturally and historically grounded resource, this book allows students to engage in the most critical discussions about their own cultural environments. It offers the opportunity to explore and evaluate their own cultural environments by examining the processes that have shaped the cultural landscapes of their own community.
It is also valuable for the teaching of history, particularly the history of the development of the cultural landscapes of indigenous peoples in Australia. It will help teachers to understand their own cultural environments and to use this material to help students learn the histories of the development of their own cultural landscapes.
As a book, this cultural and historical context is easy to read and understand. As a resource, it is also simple to use as a guide to understand and evaluate the changes that occur in the native cultural landscapes of indigenous communities in Australia. For those interested in learning about the changing patterns of their own cultural environments, this is a great book to use as a learning tool.
Students who are preparing for the examinations for the Australian History curriculum can use this material to help prepare themselves for examination questions on Australia’s colonial history. For those interested in learning about the growth of the Australian economy, the impact of migration on the indigenous culture, or the different ways in which people from different cultures interact, this book provides an excellent resource for the purpose. For those interested in cultural landscapes and social change, it is an essential part of the literature on multiculturalism and multicultural education.