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2022 - Shortlisted
The scale of this work is mind-blowing, based as it is on empirical research and professional reflection from across the decades that Terri Janke has worked as a lawyer in Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. True Tracks is an accessible work for many types of readers — professional, scholarly, legal, the neighbour next door — and the contribution it makes to Australian literary culture cannot be ignored.
True Tracks is not a simple how-to guide, but it will help people figure out how to more ethically engage with Indigenous cultures through many industries — from tourism to science, film, publishing, architecture and more. With extensive chapter notes, a unique glossary and an excellent index, Meriam/Wuthathi lawyer Terri Janke has given us an essential reference work for decades to come.