Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-01
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In a political system that renders them largely voiceless, Australia's Aboriginal people have used the written word as a powerful tool for over two hundred years.Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literaturepresents a rich panorama of Aboriginal culture, history, and life through the writings of some of the great Australian Aboriginal authors.From Bennelong's 1796 letter to contemporary writing, Anita Heiss and Peter Minter have selected works that represent the range and depth of Aboriginal writing in English. Journalism, petitions, and political letters from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are brought together with major works of poetry, prose, and drama from the mid-twentieth century onward. These works voice not only the ongoing suffering of dispossession but the resilience of Australia's Aboriginal people, their hope and joy.Presenting some of the best, most distinctive writing produced in Australia, this groundbreaking anthology will captivate anyone interested in Aboriginal writing and culture.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Aboriginal Literaturep. 1
Bennelog (c. 1764-1813)p. 9
Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Stewardp. 9
Thomas Brune (c. 1829-1841)p. 9
The Aboriginal or Flinders Island Chroniclep. 10
The Flinders Island Weekly Chroniclep. 10
Weekly Chroniclep. 11
Mary Ann Arthur (c. 1819-1871)p. 11
Letter to Colonial Secretary, Van Diemen's Landp. 12
Walter George Arthur (c. 1820-1861)p. 12
Letter to Colonial Secretary, Van Dieman's Landp. 12
Kitty Brangy (c. 1859-1918)p. 14
Letter to Edith Brangyp. 14
William Barak (c. 1824-1903)p. 15
Letter to the Editor by the Coranderrk Aboriginesp. 15
Annie Rich (c. 1859-1937)p. 15
Letter to Solicitor, for Captain Page, Secretary of the Victorian for the Protection of Aboriginesp. 16
Bessie Cameron (c. 1851-1895)p. 16
Letter to the Editorp. 17
Maggie Mobourne (c. 1872-1917)p. 17
Petition to D.N. McLeod, Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Board for the Protection of Aboriginesp. 18
David Unaipon (1872-1967)p. 18
Aborigines, Their Traditions and Customs: Where Did They Come From?p. 19
Hungarrdap. 21
Narrinyeri Sayingp. 23
The Voice of the Great Spiritp. 23
Norman Harris (c. 1898-1968)p. 25
Letter to Jim Bassettp. 25
William Cooper (c. 1861-1941)p. 28
Petition to the Kingp. 28
Anna Morgan (1874-1935)p. 29
Under the Black Flagp. 29
William Ferguson (1882-1950) and John Patten (1905-1957)p. 30
Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights!p. 31
Pearl Gibbs (1901-1983)p. 37
Radio Broadcastp. 37
Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-1993)p. 40
Speech Launching the Petition of the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancementp. 40
Aboriginal Charter of Rightsp. 42
The Dispossessedp. 43
We Are Goingp. 43
Assimiliation-No!p. 44
Integration-Yes!p. 44
The Dawn is at Handp. 45
No More Boomerangp. 46
Ballad of the Totemsp. 47
Doug Nicholls (1906-1988)p. 48
Letter to the Editorp. 49
Yirrkala Peoplep. 49
Yirrkala Bark Petitionp. 50
Narritjin Maymuru (c. 1916-1981)p. 51
Letter to Mr H.E. Giese, Director of Aboriginal Welfare, NTp. 51
Vincent Lingiari (1919-1988)p. 52
Gurindji Petition to Lord Casey, Governor Generalp. 52
Joe Timbery (1912-1978)p. 54
The Boomerang Racketp. 54
Charles Perkins (1936-2000)p. 55
Letter to the Editorp. 55
Jack Davis (1917-2000)p. 57
The First-bornp. 57
The Black Trackerp. 57
Warrup. 58
Integrationp. 58
Walkerp. 59
From No Sugarp. 60
John A. Newfong (1943-1999)p. 65
To Number One Fella Big White Bossp. 65
Gerry Bostock (b. 1942)p. 66
From Here Comes the Niggerp. 66
Monica Clare (1924-1973)p. 72
From Karobranp. 72
Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993)p. 76
People Are Legendsp. 77
From The Cherry Pickersp. 77
Me and Jackomari Talkin' About Land Rightsp. 83
Redfernp. 83
Treep. 84
Speech at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberrap. 85
Song of Dreamtimep. 86
Lionel Fogarty (b. 1958)p. 87
Shields Strong, Nulla Nullas Alivep. 87
Decorative Rasp, Weaved Rootsp. 88
Ecology 91
For I Come-Death in Custodyp. 92
Kath Walkerp. 93
Dulpai-Ila Ngari Kim Mo-Manp. 93
Alcheringap. 99
Bruce Pascoe (b. 1947)p. 100
The Slaughters of the Bulumwaal Butcherp. 100
Ida West (1919-2003)p. 106
From Pride Against Prejudicep. 106
Eric Willmot (b. 1936)p. 109
From Pemulwuyp. 109
Glenyse Ward (b. 1949)p. 112
From Wandering Girlp. 112
Sally Morgan (b. 1951)p. 114
From My Placep. 115
Pat Torres (b. 1956)p. 120
Gurrwayi Gurrwayi,The Rain Birdp. 120
Wangkaja, The Mangrove Crabp. 120
Ruby Langford Ginibi (b. 1934)p. 121
From Don't Take Your Love to Townp. 121
Burnum Burnum (1936-1997)p. 124
The Burnum Burnum Declarationp. 124
Errol West (1947-2001)p. 125
'Sitting, wondering, do I have a place here?'p. 125
Galarrwuy Yunupingu (b. 1948)p. 126
Barunga Statementp. 126
Bill Neidjie (c. 1913-2002)p. 127
Ann ... Bush-Honey There!p. 127
Bob Randall (b. 1934)p. 130
Brown Skin Babyp. 130
Sam Watson (b. 1952)p. 131
From The Kadaitcha Sungp. 131
Graeme Dixon (b. 1955)p. 133
Six Feet of Land Rightsp. 133
Holocaust Islandp. 134
Archie Roach (b. 1955)p. 134
Took the Children Awayp. 134
Jimmy CHI (b. 1948)p. 136
From Bran Nue Daep. 137
Mandawuy Yunupingu (b. 1956)p. 137
Treatyp. 138
Jimmy Pike (c. 1940-2002)p. 139
From Yintip. 139
Philip Mclaren (b. 1943)p. 140
From Sweet Water ... Stolen Landp. 141
Kev Carmody (b. 1946)p. 144
From Little Things Big Things Growp. 144
Patrick Dodson (b. 1948)p. 146
Welcome Speech to Conference on the Position of Indigenous People in National Constitutionsp. 146
Marcia Langton (b. 1951)p. 147
From 'Well, I Heard It on the Radio and I Saw It on the Television ...p. 147
Rita Huggins (1921-1996) and Jackie Huggins (b. 1956)p. 150
From Auntie Ritap. 151
Jessie Lennon (c. 1925-2000)p. 155
From And I Always Been Moving!p. 156
Romaine Moreton (b. 1969)p. 156
Genocide is Never Justifiedp. 157
Don't Let It Make You Overp. 158
I Shall Surprise You By My Willp. 164
Herb Wharton (b. 1936)p. 166
Boat People-Big Trialp. 166
Doris Pilkington (b. 1937)p. 168
From Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fencep. 169
Alf Taylor (b. 1947)p. 173
The Wool Pickersp. 174
Lisa Bellear (1961-2006)p. 179
Women's Liberationp. 179
Woman of the Dreamingp. 181
Urbanised Reebocksp. 182
Taxip. 182
Mick Dodson (b. 1950)p. 183
We All Bear the Cost if Apology is Not Paidp. 183
Alexis Wright (b. 1950)p. 185
From Plains of Promisep. 185
From Carpentariap. 189
Melissa Lucashenko (b. 1967)p. 191
From Steam Pigsp. 191
John Muk Muk Burke (b. 1946)p. 193
A Poem for Granp. 193
Jennifer Martiniello (b. 1949)p. 194
Uluru by Champagnep. 194
Emily Kngwarreyep. 195
Kenny Laughton (b. 1950)p. 196
The Tunnel Rats of Phuoc Tuyp. 197
Kim Scott (b. 1957)p. 198
From Benangp. 198
Barbara Nicholson (b. 1935)p. 204
The Bastardsp. 204
Richard Frankland (b. 1963)p. 205
Two World Onep. 206
Kerry Reed-Gilbert (b. 1956)p. 206
Let's Get Physicalp. 206
Vivienne Cleven (B. 1968)p. 207
From Bitin' Backp. 207
Noel Pearson (b. 1965)p. 211
The Need for Intolerancep. 212
Wesley Enoch (b. 1969)p. 213
From Black Medeap. 214
Samuel Wagan Watson (b. 1972)p. 216
Recipe for Metropolis Brisbanep. 217
For the Wake and Skeleton Dancep. 217
White Stucco Dreamingp. 218
Cheap White-goods at the Dreamtime Salep. 219
Dennis Mcdermott (b. 1946)p. 220
Dorothy's Skinp. 220
Larissa Behrendt (b. 1969)p. 222
From Homep. 222
Stephen Hagan (b. 1959)p. 225
From the N Wordp. 225
Jim Everett (B. 1942)p. 227
planegarrartoothenarp. 227
Tony Birch (b. 1957)p. 231
The True History of Berukp. 231
Terrijanke (b. 1966)p. 234
Exoticap. 234
Jared Thomas (b. 1976)p. 236
The Healing Treep. 236
Tara June Winch (b. 1983)p. 240
From Swallow the Airp. 240
Glossaryp. 243
Selected Readingp. 247
Sources and Permissionsp. 250
Indexp. 256
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