Reflections on the Townsville AAA Conference from the Women in Archaeology Conference

23rd May 2014

Robyn Bancroft

Introduction*

This is not an academic paper but an attempt to clarify erroneous assumptions and misunderstandings. Before I begin, there are a few points I wish to make. Firstly, I would like to thank Laurajane Smith and Hilary du Cros for having the vision to see the importance of holding the conference for women in archaeology.  I know that future support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women involved in archaeology will come from those who were present. Secondly, I make mention of the new title now given to us by the Australian Government – that is, ATSI or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We prefer to call ourselves by the name which is used in our own area – for example, Goori is the name used on the north coast of New South Wales, Murri in Queensland, and so on. I will use the ATSl acronym here. Thirdly, I would like to bring to your attention a future conference which will be held at Charles Sturt University in July this year called ‘Aboriginal Involvement in National Parks and Protected Areas’. For those of you who work with ATSl people and organisations I think this would be an excellent time for discussion, communication and participation on issues of relevance to you. Your response in the way of questions and constructive criticisms will be appreciated.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Bancroft, R.
Reflections on the Townsville AAA Conference from the Women in Archaeology Conference
June 1991
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43–45
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