From the Introduction: This selection of writing about the Aboriginal family opens with We Are Survivors, the play by Tasmanian Aboriginal poet and playwright Puralia Jim Everett, written on or about 1984 when it was first performed. It is a charming and illuminating vignette of Tasmanian Aboriginal family dynamics that are modern as well as being inextricably a part of cultural continuity. One is left with the overwhelming impression of persistence in the face of nihilism and genocidal practices. The trope of survival emerged in the activism of the 1970s and 1980s, a mantra for Aboriginal people across Australia, and it is a very fitting way to introduce this selection of writing. ….

Keywords: Aboriginal family, history, cultural knowledge

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