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Under the Wintamarra tree / Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara)
Bib ID 609169
Format BookBook
Author
Pilkington, Doris, 1937-2014
 
Description St. Lucia, Qld : University of Queensland Press, 2002 
211 p. ; 18 cm. 
ISBN 0702233080
Summary

"Doris begins with the historic migration of her Mardu ancestors from the West Australian desert to the cattle stations and settlements on its fringes." "Generations later, living in the workers' camp with her family on Balfour Downs Station, three-year-old Doris' life is forever changed when she is removed by the authorities to Moore River Native Settlement. This institution, for children judged as identifiably of mixed race, was the place Molly had so famously escaped from a decade before." "The life of an institutional orphan, as seen through the eyes of a child, is movingly revealed. In contrast are lighthearted incidents when young Doris' vitality and independence test the patience of the staff. Leaving behind the regimentation of assigned routines and endless regulations, Doris goes to Perth to train as a nurse's aide but the racist culture of an institutional upbringing leaves an indelible mistrust of her own people. This is the obstacle she has to overcome when as a wife and mother she makes the courageous but difficult choice to find her mother and father, and to begin the journey to reclaim her Mardu heritage."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Part of the trilogy: Caprice and Rabbit proof fence.

Subjects Pilkington, Doris, 1937-2014.  |  Moore River Native Settlement (W.A.) -- Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Biography.  |  Women, Aboriginal Australian -- Western Australia -- Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Removal.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Western Australia -- Treatment.  |  Occupations - Pastoral industry workers.  |  History - Biographies - Indigenous - Autobiographies.  |  Manjiljarra / Martu Wangka people (A51.1) (WA SF51-12)  |  Jigalong (WA East Pilbara SF51-13)  |  Balfour Downs map area (WA East Pilbara SF51-09)
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Caprice.

Rabbit foot fence.

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