Australia’s colonial history is fraught with ongoing social injustice and can be difficult to teach.The inclusion of humour on Australian Indigenous studies courses presents both challenges and opportunities for educators in the field. Students’ reactions to the inclusion of humour are often varied and care must be taken to ensure that Indigenous histories are taught with a view to balancing pleasure in learning while maintaining a focus on content. This paper elucidates the inclusion of humour in an undergraduate course where the student cohort is primarily non-Indigenous.
For remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, the world has changed completely and irrevocably in the space of a lifetime. Drawing on Jonathan Lear’s (2006) Radical Hope, the authors highlight the comparative struggles outlined in Lear’s reflection on the life of Crow Indian chief Plenty Coups.