Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories : Black Stories from Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill Stations

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Death and denial constituted two critical moments in the colonisation the north of Australia. Denial persists today and engenders a complicity with all that has gone before. Whether denial takes the form of stride refusal or the more subtle form of blank indifference, the result is the same: the past is concealed, and the living become accomplices in the continuation of injustice. This book unleashes that past and its concealment. You will find stories of massacres and murders, of working life on cattle stations, of friendships and foes, of bureaucratic machinations and the individual struggled of Aboriginal Australians. There are elements to these stories which project them across time and space, culture and experience. They speak of exploitation and cruelty, but they also contain a message of hope. It is an Aboriginal message -- that we should manage our differences to our mutual benefit rather than to our destruction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 180 x 240 x 20.32mm | 344.73g
  • Canberra, Australia
  • English
  • 0855752246
  • 9780855752248
  • 1,531,839

Table of contents

Glossary; Telling Histories; Early History; Captain Cook; Savages; Shot Like a Dog; Captives; Alligator Tommy; Circling Around; Karangpurru Deathscape; Gradually the Natives Quietened; The Quality of Mercy; Blackfellow Wars; Nyiwanawu and Bilinara Deathscapes; Brigalow Bill and Old Gordon; Humbert River; Prisoners and Unions; Making Stations Rich; Terror; Total Power; An Economy of Sex; Years and Years; Victoria River Downs Deathscape; Humbert Tommy; Strike; Yarralin, Lingara and Pigeon Hole; Land Claims.
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About Deborah Bird Rose

Deborah Bird Rose is senior figure in the world of Australian anthropology and has worked with Aboriginal people in their claims to land, in protecting sacred sites, and in collaboratively documenting their relationships with totemic landscapes.
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