Chris Healy in conversation with Meaghan Morris
Forgetting Aborigines is about a deep-seated habit in Australian public culture, when it comes to Indigenous issues: they command headlines from time to time, prompt many letters to opinion columns and lobbying for government action, and then fade from memory. In Forgetting Aborigines Chris Healy suggests that this pattern of remembering and forgetting is dishonest and destructive, and not at all new.
He points out that Aborigines have appeared and disappeared from history and public culture in ways that served particular purposes of white Australia since the beginning of colonisation.
Examining the way "Aboriginality" is conceived in art, television, museums, tourism and various other cultural and historical domains, Healy argues with lucidity and insight that breaking this pattern of forgetting is essential for an ethical future. (shawjonathan)