Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature

ISBN-10: 0773534598

ISBN-13: 9780773534599

Edition: 2008

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Peter Minter is a poet, editor and writer living in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches Indigenous Studies at the Koori Centre, University of Sydney. His first book Rhythm in a Dorsal Fin was shortlisted for the 1996 New South Wales Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, he received the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Poetry in 1999, and in 2000 he was awarded The Age Poetry Book of the Year for Empty Texas. He was founding editor of the Varuna New Poetry broadsheet, a founding editor of Cordite Poetry and Poetics Review, co-editor of Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets, and poetry editor of Meanjin from 2000 to 2005. His work appears in The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry and a wide range of other Australian and international electronic and print publications.

List of Abbreviations
Aboriginal Literature
Bennelog (c. 1764-1813)
Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Steward
Thomas Brune (c. 1829-1841)
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 Dieman'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 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?
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
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
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
Speech at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra
Song of Dreamtime
Lionel Fogarty (b. 1958)
Shields Strong, Nulla Nullas Alive
Decorative Rasp, Weaved Roots
For I Come-Death in Custody
Kath Walker
Dulpai-Ila Ngari Kim Mo-Man
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)
Ann ... 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)
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
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)
Tony Birch (b. 1957)
The True History of Beruk
Terrijanke (b. 1966)
Jared Thomas (b. 1976)
The Healing Tree
Tara June Winch (b. 1983)
From Swallow the Air
Selected Reading
Sources and Permissions
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