Aboriginal Heritage and Wellbeing brings together two perspectives for understanding how and why heritage is important to Aboriginal people's wellbeing. First, what it is like from a community perspective to work with government to look after Aboriginal heritage, and second, perspectives of Aboriginal staff of DECCW on what it means to be a person with Aboriginal heritage and cultural values whilst also functioning within the policy context of the government.
This book revisits a series of books published by DECCW between 2003 and 2008, the Aboriginal Women's and Men's Heritage Series. Our researchers returned to some of the communities that participated and asked for their feedback on the project and the ongoing role of the Heritage Series in local knowledge building and sharing. The resulting feedback gives many insights into how people feel that their own involvement in and control of their heritage affects their quality of life. The contributions of past and present staff members, via interviews, conversations and in writing, provide a thoughtful discussion of the ways in which working in the area of Aboriginal culture and heritage interacts with one’s wellbeing as an Aboriginal person.
Aboriginal Heritage: Wellbeing aims to foster a broader understanding of how heritage is a part of people's everyday lives, and encourage ongoing dialogue between government and Aboriginal communities about Aboriginal conceptions of heritage.