'White men Are Liars'


Margaret S. Bain 'White Men Are Liars' Another Look at Aboriginal-Western Interactions, AuSIL Inc., Alice Springs, 2006 43pp, ISBN 0 86892 451 2

This is the book I would have wished to have read before I worked on the Pitjantjatjara Lands. Copies are available at Dymocks in the Rundle Mall. $17.95

In the preface Margaret notes that "difficulties occur most often in cross cultural settings that involve traditional Aboriginals, that is, people for whom an indigenous language is their first language and who may well live in a remote community."

However is it possible that even for some Aboriginal people living in towns, removed from the remoteness and speaking only English, that the cultural aspects that lead to the problems in understanding remain embedded?

The booklet explains how these problems arise and suggests a way to overcome these while respecting both cultures.

The link below to an article published in the e-Journal of the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers, Practice Reflections Vol 1, No. 1, November 2006, may prove an appetizer for the book. Download article (143Kb)