The subject of this book is largely colonial thought and practice from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Accordingly, it engages critically with words and concepts that both were and continue to be damaging to Indigenous people and Indigenous political aspirations. Some of these words are replaced by less violent substitutes; others are quoted on the understanding that their violence is essential to the meaning intended or practised by those who initially wrote or spoke. Readers should thus be aware that this book contains language that may be hurtful.
Where I am not quoting, and when referring to Aboriginal or Indigenous people themselves, rather than to historical representations, I use capital ‘A’ or ‘I’ in accordance with modern and respectful usage.