research product . 2018

"A Completely New Approach" to Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Evaluating the Queensland Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act

O'Neill, Mark E;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Apr 2018
  • Publisher: Scholarship@Western
  • Country: Canada
The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 challenged the hegemony that Western, archaeological methodologies has held over Indigenous cultural heritage in Australia. By choosing to relinquish state control and authority over cultural heritage in favour of the expertise of Indigenous people, the Act created a unique and innovative heritage policy. Over the 10 years the Act has been in force, it has seen a variety of approaches adopted as part of myriad projects. This has created a mature field of practice for investigation and analysis. This article examines and critiques the Act to determine its successes and weaknesses. In doing so, it offers opportunities for other policy-makers to consider as part of policy review.
free text keywords: heritage protection, cultural heritage, heritage policy, Indigenous heritage, Australian Studies, Cultural History, Indigenous Studies, Public History
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