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by Sally Morgan
‘Sad and wise and funny…unbelievably and unexpectedly moving, Sally Morgan’s love for her own spiritual and racial roots and her struggle to uncover them reveals a new Australia (the old) and a new way to embrace the elders and the young of all our peoples, wherever (and whoever) they might be. A book with heart’ — Alice Walker, author of The…Read more »
by Anna Haebich
‘Histories such as these will help us to keep in mind where we have come from and to delineate more clearly where we should be headed.’ — Katherine Ellinghaus, The Age.
‘Readers wanting to understand the discourses of assimilation, its policies and legacies in Australia should find this well-written and engaging book amply supplies their needs.’…Read more »
Eighteen Aboriginal Australians from across the country share powerful stories that are central to their lives, family, community or country. Stories which provide readers with a very personal picture of the history, culture and contemporary experience of Aboriginal Australia Read more »
There was once a crow who lived in a tree by a waterhole. Each morning, she stared into the water, and saw another crow staring back. Crow thought Crow-in-the-waterhole was the most wonderful bird she had ever seen. ‘She looks like a crow who could change the world. I wish I could be like her.’
Finally, Crow flies away to seek her destiny, hoping…Read more »
by Noel Olive
Listen to these voices…I want the reader to think about what they have to say, and what they say about their history, so different from whitefellas. I want the reader to think about how the blackfellas live today, and how the reader would cope with such a life. I present these stories, or part stories, so we may consider whether any difference…Read more »
‘I have rarely come across poetry of such power, empowerment and conviction as this’ — John Kinsella.
Charmaine Papertalk-Green’s poetry is intense and direct. She says what she means and is willing to take on issues that affect her community from outside and from within. She writes of Indigenous loss, but also about tensions and conflicts among…Read more »
Eighteen Aboriginal Australians from across the country share powerful stories that are central to their lives, family, community or country. Stories which provide readers with a very personal picture of the history, culture and contemporary experience of Aboriginal Australia. Read more »
by Kate Auty
Between 1936 and 1954 the Western Australian government operated Courts of Native Affairs that heard murder and manslaughter cases where defendant and victim were Aboriginal. These cases, which for evey other citizen had the status of Supreme Court trials, were reduced to summary hearings conducted largely by amateurs. Black Glass explores these little-known…Read more »
This is the story of the people of the Wanjinas and their unbroken living cosmology of Lalai, the Dreaming. It is also the story of Sam Woolagoodja, who was responsible for repainting the sacred Wanjinas in many of the rock shelters that dot the Kimberley landscape, and was among the first to paint the sacred stories on bark and board for Worrorra children…Read more »
‘… a notable contribution to the tragic story of the stolen generation. Like no other book it brings together a compelling personal story with sharp objective analysis. I highly recommend it’ — Henry Reynolds.
The self proclaimed ‘sacred task’ — of this book is to collect and sift through the remnants of history and memory. The authors slip beneath…Read more »