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The Last of the Nomads

Written by W.J. Peasley


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Warri and Yatungka were believed to be the last of the Mandildjara tribe of desert nomads to live permanently in the traditional way. Their deaths in the late 1970s marked the end of a tribal lifestyle that stretched back more than 30,000 years. The Last of the Nomads tells of an extraordinary journey in search of Warri and Yatungka.

‘Peasley’s description of the events … is informative, compassionate, exciting and at times deeply moving.’ Australian Book Review

‘The intriguing story of [the rescue of an elderly couple believed to be the last Australian nomads] and how they survived alone for the previous 30 years or so in the unrelenting western Gibson Desert region of WA, is fascinating reading.’ The West Australian

‘a most remarkable book …’ The National Times

ISBN 9780949206879 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Pages 176
Publication Year Originally published 1983, this edition 2009
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • W.j. peasley

    W.J. Peasley

    1927 – 2020 W.J. Peasley was born in the central west of New South Wales and spent his boyhood on his father’s farm. While working as a flying doctor in Western Australia he developed a strong interest in Indigenous history. He passed away on 2 January 2020. Read more