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              Benevolence

              Benevolence (Paperback)

              By Janson, Julie

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              For perhaps the first time in novel form, Benevolence presents an important era in Australia's history from an Aboriginal perspective. Benevolence is told from the perspective of Darug woman, Muraging (Mary James), born around 1813. Mary's was one of the earliest Darug generation...s to experience the impact of British colonisation. At an early age Muraging is given over to the Parramatta Native School by her Darug father. From here she embarks on a journey of discovery and a search for a safe place to make her home. The novel spans the years 1816-35 and is set around the Hawkesbury River area, the home of the Darug people, Parramatta and Sydney. The author interweaves historical events and characters - she shatters stereotypes and puts a human face to this Aboriginal perspective.
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              ISBN 9781925936636
              Published AU 1 Apr 2020
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              Ruby Moonlight

              Ruby Moonlight (Paperback)

              By Cobby Eckermann, Ali

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              Ruby Moonlight, a novel of the impact of colonisation in mid north South Australia around 1880. The main character, Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human... contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman. The natural world is richly observed and Rubys courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.
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              ISBN 9781921248511
              Published AU 1 May 2012
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              Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance: A True Story

              Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance: A True Story (Paperback, 3rd ed.)

              By Woorunmurra, Banjo; Pedersen, Howard

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              A tiny outpost of colonial administration is planted on the desolate mudflats of King Sound, at Derby. Leases are marked on a map covering huge areas, and the push into the north begins. Vast herds of cattle and sheep move across the land and with it, a new future. In the remote ...Kimberley, in the late nineteenth century, on the ancient lands of the Bunuba, the last stages of an invasion are about to be played out. Amidst the ensuing chaos and turmoil, extraordinary relationships grow. The thrilling story of the great warrior, Jandamarra, who turned from police assistant to resistance fighter. Thought to be unstoppable, he led the Bunuba against the forces invading their land. A legend, forever etched into the history of the Kimberley, Jandamarra's courage and fighting spirit made him one of the region's most wanted men. Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance is a grand story with a grand theme. A powerful collaboration between a non-Indigenous historian and the Indigenous custodian of the Jandamarra story.
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              ISBN 9781925360097
              Published AU 1 Aug 2016
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              Interest Age 13+ years
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              Lemons in the Chicken Wire

              Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Paperback)

              By Whittaker, Alison

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              Winner 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship - a partnership between the State Library of Queensland's black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project and Magabala Books From a remarkable new voice in Indigenous writing comes this highly original collection of poems... bristling with stunning imagery and gritty textures. At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage of work that reflects rural identity through a rich medley of techniques and forms. It is an audacious, lyrical and linguistically lemon flavoured poetry debut that possesses a rare edginess and seeks to challenge our imagination beyond the ordinary. Alison Whittaker demonstrates that borders, whether physical or imagined, are no match for our capacity for love. Lemons in the Chicken Wire is truly an astounding, proudly experimental, innovative, daring, disjunctive, playful and unique poetry debut - Dr AJ Curruthers, Rabbit Poetry Journal
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              ISBN 9781925360103
              Published AU 1 Mar 2016
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              Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

              Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture (Trade Paperback / Paperback, None ed.)

              By Pascoe, Bruce

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              `Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated hum...an occupation.' Judges for 2016 NSW Premier's Literary AwardsDark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence is Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources. Bruce's comments on his book compared to Gammage's: My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn't contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.
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              ISBN 9781921248016
              Published AU 1 Jun 2018
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              Interest Age 13+ years
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              My Father's Shadow

              My Father's Shadow (Paperback)

              By Jones, Jannali

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              Kaya is completing her Higher School Certificate when she is woken in the middle of the night by her mother. They are to pack immediately and go to their holiday home in the Blue Mountains. Her father is `not coming back'. He has been involved in a court case to give evidence aga...inst some dangerous criminals. Months later, they are still in hiding and the mysteries are multiplying. Kaya is not sure who to trust: her mother's new friend, the policeman or her new friend, Eric, from the local store. She is also recovering from memory loss caused by PTSD after a chilling encounter with the criminals. She is seeing a psychologist in an attempt to recall the evidence she might have to give in a forthcoming trial. Her best friend, Jenna, has gone overseas and Kaya is trying to make sense of what is really happening. Jannali Jones has crafted a thrilling story which stays on the edge right to the end.
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              ISBN 9781925936704
              Published AU 1 Aug 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              A Question of Colour: my journey to belonging

              A Question of Colour: my journey to belonging (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Lees, Ms Patricia; With Lees, Mr Adam C.

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              'These two children have been in our Home in Townsville for more than two years, and in view of their very dark colouring, have not been assimilated into the white race. Every effort has been made to place them in a foster home without success because of their colour.' Queensland... State Children's Department correspondence, 21 June 1960. The removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families remains a dark chapter in Australia's history. Pattie Lees was just ten-years-old when she and her four siblings were separated from their mother on the grounds of neglect and placed into State care. Believing she was being shipped and exiled to Africa, Pattie was ultimately fated to spend the rest of her childhood on the island once dubbed 'Australia's Alcatraz' -Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement, off the coast of Queensland. A Question of Colour; my journey to belonging provides a first-hand account of Pattie's experiences as a 'fair-skinned Aboriginal' during Australia's assimilationist policy era and recounts her survival following a decade of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as a Ward of the State. A Question of Colour is a deeply moving and powerful testimony to the resilience of a young girl, her identity and her journey to belong.
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              ISBN 9781925936513
              Published AU 1 Sep 2020
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              Guwayu, for all times: A Collection of First Nations poems

              Guwayu, for all times: A Collection of First Nations poems (Paperback)

              Edited by Leane, Jeanine; Compiled by Room Poetry, Red

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              I travel Country, like my Old People done. I see the Country, like my Old People done I burn Country, like my Old People done. I sing Country, like my Old People done - Jacob Morris, Ban Maganindadjyang (My Old People Done) This collection extends the ancient and continuing cultu...ral practice of weaving to words. In Guwayu, for all times, the page becomes the vessel - the crafted object that carries culture. The making and crafting of each vessel, embeds the maker(s) into its final shape and form - its body. The poems in this collection are baskets and nets of the page. Together they are an exquisite vessel of twenty-first living Aboriginal culture.'... the voices in Guwayu, for all times are largely uncut and uncensored. It is a collection written for and by First Nations from the many communities that form the modern nation of Australia. Much Aboriginal writing in Australia is still subject to imported, introduced and sometimes invasive northern hemisphere, western literary practices. This collection knows no such limits, borders or boundaries. The works within are not trimmed, or manipulated, or edited by settler editors with a settler audience in mind. This collection is a radical intervention in Aboriginal publishing for its breadth of representation, diversity of language and drafting and editing protocols.' - Jeanine Leane
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              ISBN 9781925936544
              Published AU 1 Aug 2020
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              Blakwork

              Blakwork (Paperback)

              By Whittaker, Alison

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              A stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire, and critique composed by a powerful new voice in poetry. Alison Whittaker's BLAKWORK is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet's fearless examination of the... present. Whittaker is unsparing in the interrogation of familiar ideas - identifying and dissolving them with idiosyncratic imagery, layering them to form new connections, and reinterpreting what we know.
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              ISBN 9781925360851
              Published AU 1 Sep 2018
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              Yorro Yorro: Original Creation and the Renewal of Nature

              Yorro Yorro: Original Creation and the Renewal of Nature (Paperback)

              By Mowaljarlai, David; Malnic, Jutta

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              In a remarkable collaboration, Aboriginal elder David Mowaljarlai and photographer Jutta Malnic rekindle a story that reaches back 60,000 years, constituting the oldest memory of humankind. Illustrated with more than 120 colour plates, Yorro Yorro tells of the Wandjina creation s...pirits of the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.
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              ISBN 9781925360059
              Published AU 10 Dec 2015
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              Interest Age 13+ years
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