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Author Triffitt, Geraldine
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Aboriginal Australia ♦ Aboriginal People ♦ Material Culture ♦ Aboriginal Study Press ♦ Aboriginal Study ♦ First Chapter ♦ Volume Work ♦ Ground-breaking Work ♦ Publishing Arm ♦ Biographical Information ♦ Aboriginal Editor ♦ Aboriginal Society ♦ Encyclopaedia Entry ♦ Australian Institute ♦ Considerable Input ♦ Macintosh Version Cd-rom ♦ Complete System ♦ Individual Language Group ♦ David Horton ♦ Ian Howie-willis ♦ Reviewer Comment ♦ Torres Strait Islander Study ♦ Colourful Illustration
Abstract The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia was published as a two volume work and a Macintosh version CD-ROM in 1994 by Aboriginal Studies Press, the publishing arm of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. This was a ground-breaking work, which has been recognised in the number of awards it has won for both formats. Reviewers comment on its attractiveness, its colourful illustrations, the quality of its sound. It was the inspiration of David Horton who edited the encyclopaedia and together with Ian Howie-Willis wrote most of the 2000 entries. Horton expressed his vision for the Encyclopaedia in the introduction. 'Among my key guiding principles in constructing this work have been an emphasis on people and a lack of objectification. Just as this is not an encyclopaedia of material culture or archaeology, or anthropology, nor is it an encyclopaedia of Aboriginal studies. It is an encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, or an encyclopaedia of the Aboriginal people. I have deliberately set out to create an encyclopaedia of Aboriginal society in its own right as a complete system, as distinct from its appearance in first chapters or introductions to books about the 'real ' Australia.'... 'I intend this to be not only an encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, but an encyclopaedia for Aboriginal Australia.' There was considerable input from Aboriginal editors, contributors and advisors in the preparation of the encyclopaedia. The contents reflect the interests and priorities of Aboriginal people, with the emphasis on biographical information (450 of the 2000 entries are about people), individual language groups and communities, which account for well over half the encyclopaedia entries.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study