Listening to Country

Listening to Country

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By (author) Ros Moriarty

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 1742378153
  • ISBN 13: 9781742378152
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 95,280

Product description

This big land, Australia. It's big enough for everyone!' calls Annie Karrakayn across the pre-dawn campfire to the other Law women stirring from the perfect quiet of a still, desert night. 'Strong Dreamin' ' she whispers. So begins the intimate diary of Ros Moriarty, a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, as she takes an emotional journey across country and culture to the Northern Territory's Tanami Desert with Annie and the other matriarchs of her husband's Aboriginal family to perform ceremony. Full of warmth and honesty, Listening to Country opens a rare and vivid window to the voices, humour and strength of these remarkable Law women of the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. It reveals the human relationships and philosophical insights which enable them to transcend the heartbreaking material poverty, illness and increasing violence of their community, to live life with astonishing happiness and purpose.

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Author information

Ros Moriarty, formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women's issues and the environment, has now spent most of her professional life as managing director of Australia's leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with her husband, John Moriarty, in 1983. Listening to Country is her much-acclaimed first book.

Review quote

"It is perhaps the most lyrical and evocative book I have read in years. . . [she] has created a beautiful rendering of the wonder that results when one human being connects with another." --Mary Dalmau in "ShelfAwareness"