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Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature

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 Literature" presents 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.
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Foreword / Mick Dodson; Preface / Nicholas Jose; Acknowledgements Anita Heiss and Peter Minter; List of Abbreviations Aboriginal Literature / Anita Heiss and Peter Minter BENNELONG (c. 1764-1813) / Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Steward; THOMAS BRUNE (c. 1823-1841): The Aboriginal or Flinders Island Chronicle; The Flinders Island Weekly Chronicle; Weekly Chronicle; MARY ANN ARTHUR (c. 1819-1871) / Letter to Colonial Secretary, Van Diemen's Land; WALTER GEORGE ARTHUR (c. 1820-1861) / Letter to Colonial Secretary, Van Diemen's Land; KITTY BRANGY (c. 1859-1918) / Letter to Edith Brangy; WILLIAM BARAK (c. 1824-1903) / Letter to the Editor by the Coranderrk Aborigines; ANNIE RICH (c. 1859-1937) / Letter to Solicitor, for Captain Page, Secretary of the Victorian Board for the Protection of Aborigines; BESSIE CAMERON (c. 1851-1895) / Letter to the Editor; MAGGIE MOBOURNE (c. 1872-1917) / Petition to D.N. McLeod, Vice-Chairman of the Victorian Board for the Protection of Aborigines; DAVID UNAIPON (1872-1967) / Aborigines, Their Traditions and Customs: Where Did They Come From?: Hungarrda; Narrinyeri Saying; The Voice of the Great Spirit; NORMAN HARRIS (c. 1898-1968) / Letter to Jim Bassett; WILLIAM COOPER (c. 1861-1941) / Petition to the King; ANNA MORGAN (1874-1935) / Under the Black Flag; WILLIAM FERGUSON (1882-1950) and JOHN PATTEN (1905-1957) / Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights! / PEARL GIBBS (1901-1983) / Radio Broadcast; OODGEROO NOONUCCAL (1920-1993) / Speech Launching the Petition of the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement; Aboriginal Charter of Rights; The Dispossessed; We Are Going; Assimiliation--No!; Integration--Yes!; The Dawn is at Hand; No More Boomerang; Ballad of the Totems; DOUG NICHOLLS (1906-1988) / Letter to the Editor; YIRRKALA PEOPLE / Yirrkala Bark Petition; NARRITJIN MAYMURU (c. 1916-1981) / Letter to Mr H.E. Giese, Director of Aboriginal Welfare, NT; VINCENT LINGIARI (1919-1988) / Gurindji Petition to Lord Casey, Governor General; JOE TIMBERY (1912-1978) / The Boomerang Racket; CHARLES PERKINS (1936-2000) / Letter to the Editor; JACK DAVIS (1917-2000) / The First-born; The Black Tracker; Warru; Integration; Walker; From No Sugar; JOHN A. NEWFONG (1943-1999) / To Number One Fella Big White Boss; GERRY BOSTOCK (b. 1942) / From Here Comes the Nigger; MONICA CLARE (1924-1973) / From Karobran; KEVIN GILBERT (1933-1993) / People Are Legends; From The Cherry Pickers; Me and Jackomari Talkin' About Land Rights; Redfern; Tree; Speech at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra; Song of Dreamtime; LIONEL FOGARTY (b. 1958) / Shields Strong, Nulla Nullas Alive; Decorative Rasp, Weaved Roots; Ecology; For I Come--Death in Custody; Kath Walker; Dulpai--Ila Ngari Kim Mo-Man; Alcheringa; BRUCE PASCOE (b. 1947) / The Slaughters of the Bulumwaal Butcher; IDA WEST (1919-2003) / From Pride Against Prejudice; ERIC WILLMOT (b. 1936) / From Pemulwuy; GLENYSE WARD (b. 1949) / From Wandering Girl; SALLY MORGAN (b. 1951) / From My Place; PAT TORRES (b. 1956) / Gurrwayi Gurrwayi, The Rain Bird; Wangkaja, The Mangrove Crab; RUBY LANGFORD GINIBI (b. 1934) / From Don't Take Your Love to Town; BURNUM BURNUM (1936-1997) / The Burnum Burnum Declaration; ERROL WEST (1947-2001) / 'Sitting, wondering, do I have a place here?'; GALARRWUY YUNUPINGU (b. 1948) / Barunga Statement; BILL NEIDJIE (c. 1913-2002) / Ahh ... Bush-Honey There!; BOB RANDALL (b. 1934) / Brown Skin Baby; SAM WATSON (b. 1952) / From The Kadaitcha Sung; GRAEME DIXON (b. 1955) / Six Feet of Land Rights; Holocaust Island; ARCHIE ROACH (b. 1955) / Took the Children Away; JIMMY CHI (b. 1948) / From Bran Nue Dae; MANDAWUY YUNUPINGU (b. 1956) / Treaty; JIMMY PIKE (c. 1940-2002) / From Yinti; PHILIP McLAREN (b. 1943) / From Sweet Water ... Stolen Land; KEV CARMODY (b. 1946) / From Little Things Big Things Grow; PATRICK DODSON (b. 1948) / Welcome Speech to Conference on the Position of Indigenous People in National Constitutions; MARCIA LANGTON (b. 1951) / From 'Well, I Heard It on the Radio and I Saw It on the Television ...'; RITA HUGGINS (1921-1996) and JACKIE HUGGINS (b. 1956) / From Auntie Rita; JESSIE LENNON (c. 1925-2000) / From And I Always Been Moving!; ROMAINE MORETON (b. 1969) / Genocide is Never Justified; Don't Let It Make You Over; I Shall Surprise You By My Will; HERB WHARTON (b. 1936) / Boat People--Big Trial; DORIS PILKINGTON (b. 1937) / From Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence; ALF TAYLOR (b. 1947) / The Wool Pickers; LISA BELLEAR (1961-2006) / Women's Liberation; Woman of the Dreaming; Urbanised Reebocks; Taxi; MICK DODSON (b. 1950) / We All Bear the Cost if Apology is Not Paid; ALEXIS WRIGHT (b. 1950) / From Plains of Promise; From Carpentaria; MELISSA LUCASHENKO (b. 1967) / From Steam Pigs; JOHN MUK MUK BURKE (b. 1946) / A Poem for Gran; JENNIFER MARTINIELLO (b. 1949) / Uluru by Champagne; Emily Kngwarreye; KENNY LAUGHTON (b. 1950) / The Tunnel Rats of Phuoc Tuy; KIM SCOTT (b. 1957) / From Benang; BARBARA NICHOLSON (b. 1935) / The Bastards; RICHARD FRANKLAND (b. 1963) / Two World One; KERRY REED-GILBERT (b. 1956) / Let's Get Physical; VIVIENNE CLEVEN (b. 1968) / From Bitin' Back; NOEL PEARSON (b. 1965) / The Need for Intolerance; WESLEY ENOCH (b. 1969) / From Black Medea; SAMUEL WAGAN WATSON (b. 1972) / Recipe for Metropolis Brisbane; For the Wake and Skeleton Dance; White Stucco Dreaming; Cheap White-goods at the Dreamtime Sale; DENNIS McDERMOTT (b. 1946) / Dorothy's Skin; LARISSA BEHRENDT (b. 1969) / From Home; STEPHEN HAGAN (b. 1959) / From The N Word; JIM EVERETT (b. 1942) / planegarrartoothenar; TONY BIRCH (b. 1957) / The True History of Beruk; TERRI JANKE (b. 1966) / Exotica; JARED THOMAS (b. 1976) / The Healing Tree; TARA JUNE WINCH (b. 1983) / From Swallow the Air Glossary; Selected Reading; Sources and Permissions; Index

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A rich collection of writing - poetry, prose, and drama - from some of the greatest Australian Aboriginal authors

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