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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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              Brontide

              Brontide (Paperback)

              By Mcpherson, Sue

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              Rob; (and his brother Pen) white Aussies. Rob is completing Year 12, going to schoolies, working as an apprentice in his dad's company and loves his dog, Nig. Rob believes real men take risks.Pen; fifteen-years-old, storyteller, graffiti artiste extraordinaire with a penchant for... male anatomy. Pen is liked by everyone. Pen and Benny Boy are mates.Benny Boy; fifteen-years-old, Aboriginal, loves drawing, fishing and living with his awesome (white) foster Nan. Benny Boy doesn't trust Rob.Jack; white, male, finishing Year 12, new to the area, from the bush and adopted into an Aboriginal family. Jack has met Pen and reckons he's a funny bugger. He has also just signed up as an apprentice working alongside Robthe-knob.Brontide is a coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound. The boys like to challenge themselves and the rules, and soon realise that not everything goes to plan...
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              ISBN 9781925360929
              Published AU 1 Jun 2018
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              A Boy's Life
                

              A Boy's Life (Paperback, 2nd edition)

              By Davis, Jack

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              Jack Davis remembers a boy's life. The book reflects the humour, camaraderie and tragic reality of rural Australia in the 1920s and 1930s; from family life in the timber town of Yarloop south of Perth, to the strict regime of the Moore River Aboriginal settlement.

              ISBN 9780958810173
              Published AU 14 Sep 2000
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              Two Sisters

              Two Sisters (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bent, Ngarta Jinny; Chuguna, Jukuna Mona; Lowe, Pat; Richards, Eirlys

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              Ngarta and Jukuna lived in the Great Sandy Desert. They traversed country according to the seasons, just as the Walmajarri people had done for thousands of years. But it was a time of change. Desert people who had lived with little knowledge of European settlement were now moving... onto cattle stations. Those left behind were vulnerable and faced unimaginable challenges. In 1961, when Jukuna leaves with her new husband, young Ngarta remains with a group of women and children. Tragedy strikes and Ngarta is forced to travel alone. Her survival depends on cunning and courage as she is pursued by two murderers in a vast unforgiving landscape. Jukuna's rich account may be the first autobiography written in an Aboriginal language. Presented in English and Walmajarri, her determination to see her language written has made her one of our most valued authors.
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              ISBN 9781925936780
              Published AU 1 Aug 2016
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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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              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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              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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              Yirra: Land, Law and Language

              Yirra: Land, Law and Language (Paperback)

              By Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Culture Centre; Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Cultural Centre

              ISBN 9780646267845
              Published AU 1 Jan 1996
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              Unna You Fullas
                

              Unna You Fullas (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ward, Glenyse

              The author relives regimented days and mischievous nights as she shares the secrets of mission children, driven by their longing for family and home. This book won the FAW Patricia Weickhardt Award to an Aboriginal Writer, 1993, and was shortlisted NSW Premier's Literary Awards 1...992.
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              ISBN 9780958810197
              Published AU 1 Jan 1991
              Publisher Magabala Books
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              Ruby-Eyed Coucal

              Ruby-Eyed Coucal (Paperback)

              By Pascoe, Bruce

              This novel's main characters are Fox, who has fled Australia following a possible murder charge and is in Irian Jaya fighting with freedom fighters, and his daughter Maree, who is trying to find him. Pascoe paints a vivid picture of the dispossession of the indigenous people of I...rian Jaya and the fate of transmigrasi settlers.
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              ISBN 9781875641291
              Published AU 1 Jan 1996
              Publisher Magabala Books
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