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- DescriptionAt 20, John Bradley was sent to teach Aboriginal children in a school at remote Borroloola, on the Gulf of Carpentaria in far rth Australia. But it is the teacher who is educated by the Yanyuwa elders and their families. Over three decades he learns their language and their country, becoming intimately drawn into other ways of being, both practical and spiritual. With passion and pride they teach him their songlines, relating what they kw and value - ancestors, kin, allegiances; places, plants, animals, seasons, ceremonies, stories - and the spirit that sustains all. As we follow John Bradley on his journey, we begin to see that the songlines are keys to the authority and continuity held by Aboriginal Law. We begin to understand why, when country can longer be sung, the Yanyuwa feel it so deeply. And what such loss means to us all.
- Author BiographyJohn Bradley also worked with the Yanyuwa as anthropologist on their land claims and sacred sites. He is now deputy director of the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University.
- PrizesShortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Non-fiction Book 2011 and Colin Roderick Award 2011.
- Author(s)John Bradley
- PublisherAllen & Unwin
- Date of Publication08/01/2010
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationSydney
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- First Published2010
- ImprintAllen & Unwin
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight460 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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