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Ngarrindjeri wurruwarrin : a world that is, was, and will be / Diane Bell
Bib ID 6454480
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Bell, Diane, 1943-, author
Edition New edition, 2014 
Description North Melbourne, Vic. : Spinifex, 2014 
xlviii, 694 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781742199184 (paperback)

"In NGARRINDJERI WURRUWARRIN, Diane Bell invites her readers into the complex and contested world of the cultural beliefs and practices of the Ngarrindjeri of South Australia; teases out the meanings and misreadings of the written sources; traces changes and continuities in oral accounts; challenges assumptions about what Ngarrindjeri women know, how they know it, and how outsiders may know what is to be known. Wurruwarrin: knowing and believing. In 1995, a South Australian Royal Commission found Ngarrindjeri women to have "fabricated" their beliefs to stop the building of a bridge from Goolwa to Hindmarsh Island. By 2001, in federal court, the women were vindicated as truth-tellers. In 2009, the site was registered, but scars remain of that shameful moment. In the Preface to the New Edition, Diane Bell looks to the world that "will be", where talented, committed Ngarrindjeri leaders are building the infrastructure for future generations of the Ngarrindjeri nation and challenging the very foundation of the State of South Australia. The Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008 and its evocation of an inclusive "us" has propelled the Ngarrindjeri on the path to "practical reconciliation". But progress has been uneven. Petty politics, procrastinations and prevarications stand in the way of its realisation. Diane Bell writes as an insider who is clear about the bases of her engagement with her Ngarrindjeri friends and colleagues. The story will continue to unfold and Diane Bell will be there. There is unfinished business."--Back cover.


First published by Spinifex Press, 1998.

"Wurruwarrin: Knowing and believing in it is the answer to understanding it. Tom Trevorrow"--Title page.

Awards NSW Premier's Literary Awards Twentieth Presentation 1999 Winner 
Subjects South Australia. Hindmarsh Island Bridge Royal Commission.  |  Ngarrindjeri (Australian people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Ngarrindjeri (Australian people) -- Folklore.  |  Women, Ngarrindjeri -- Social conditions.  |  Oral tradition -- South Australia -- Goolwa.  |  Sacred space -- South Australia -- Goolwa.  |  Hindmarsh Island (S.A.) -- History.  |  Goolwa (S.A.) -- History.  |  Australian
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