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- DescriptionIn the Australian outback early in the twentieth century, near Wiluna in the North West of Western Australia, Ron and Debbie Guthrey pioneer a cattle station. They build a shack near Kaapi Yalta, which means Cool Water, a spring and small pool, which is periodically visited by Aborigines. Ron earns additional income by droving cattle down the Canning Stock Route from Wyndham to Wiluna. After three months absence, he returns to Kaapi Yalta to find his pregnant wife missing and omius blood stains on the mattress. Wiluna police form a posse to hunt for the perpetrators. Two Aborigines are killed in a misunderstanding. A sense of life in the Australian outback is dynamically presented through out, demonstrating the need to deal carefully with the harsh landscape and climate. Brief glimpses of traditional Aboriginal culture are embedded in the story. Social and cultural changes accompanying adjustments to the impact of the wider Australian society are highlighted. The Author Robert McKeich, was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and migrated to Western Australia in 1954. He pioneered the Cundeelee Mission school in the Western Dessert. He earned the respect of the Aboriginal people while in the Western Dessert and was initiated as one of the few White men to become an Aboriginal Elder into the Wangkayi tribe by the Cundeelee community.
- Author BiographyRobert McKeich, was born in Auckland, New Zealand in1923. He grew up through the Great Depression years. Robert served three years in the New Zealand Army and Air Force in World War II. He has four children. In 1954 moved from the luscious green of New Zealand to the brown and red desert at Cundeelee in Western Australia to open a government school for Aborigines. That was a transforming experience. He came to teach but was taught so much as his mind was opened to the deeper aspects of their culture. 21 years after that first meeting, at 52, he was privileged to undergo a ritual that changed him from a child to a man in the Aboriginal tradition. The significance of that act was mighty, linking him with the social network, and beginning connections with Aboriginal transcendence. He recognised his ignorance of Aboriginal culture so studied at the University of Western Australia majoring in Psychology and Anthropology, and gained his PhD in Anthropology. He pioneered the Katukutu Hostel for Aboriginal young men in Perth against the opposition of neighbors and the indifference of the Native Welfare Department. Taught school and studied at the university at the same time. He met Gayle, his wife, in Shawnee Oklahoma on New Year's Eve 1971-72 and then began life with her in peace, fun, adventure and bliss. He kept a daily journal since 1978 without missing a day, and photographs of the Aborigines that are safely deposited in the Battye Library Archives in Perth, Australia. In 1995 had his first heart surgery, and a second surgery to implant a porcine mitral valve in 1997. A pacemaker, CPAP machine, oxygen line 24/7, many medications, and regular monitoring maintain a reasonable quality of life. With congestive heart failure, right pulmonary hypertension, and paralyzed left vocal chords his physical activities are somewhat restricted. He struggles through each day. Yet his sense of humour is still intact. He remembers. He can create. Those faculties still remain. At age 88 he published his first book. Finally being able to share the stories and poems he had written with the world. As he nears the end of his life's journey in this world he looks back with great pleasure and would like more time. More time to walk the beaches, stroll in the bush, sit down with family and friends, teach again, visit the places he loved, and relax into his bliss. However the Aborigines taught him that time is no time, but Everywhen.
- Author(s)Dr Robert McKeich
- Date of Publication15/08/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight268 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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