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The power of bones / Keelen Mailman
Bib ID 6810166
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Mailman, Keelen, 1965- author
 
Description Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2015 
©2014 
263 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, portraits, photographs ; 20 cm 
ISBN 9781760113049 (paperback)
Summary

It looked bleak and predictable for little Keelen Mailman: an alcoholic mother, absent father, the horrors of regular sexual and physical assault and the casual racism of a small outback town in the sixties. But somehow, despite the pain and deprivation, the lost education, she managed to absorb her mother's lessons: her Bidjara language and culture, her obligations to Country, and her loyalty to her family. So it was no surprise to some that a girl who could hide for a year in her own home to keep her family together, run as fast as Raylene Boyle and catch porcupine and goanna, would one day make history. At just 30, and a single mother, Keelen became the first Aboriginal woman to run a commercial cattle station when she took over Mt Tabor, two hours from Augathella on the black soil plains of western Queensland. This is the heartland of Bidjara country, after all, the place her mother and grandparents and great-grandparents had camped on and cared for, and where their ancestors left their marks on caves and rock walls more than 10,000 years ago. This is a story of redemption, shot through with the grandeur of love and endurance and an irresistible humour that has helped Keelen Mailman survive, and to achieve a life-long goal: to bring the remains of her people back to their country, and see Mt Tabor returned to its original owners once more.

Notes

"From a troubled childhood to running a cattle station, one woman's heartbreaking but uplifting story of triumph against all odds."--Cover.

Subjects Mailman, Keelen, 1965-  |  Indigenous peoples -- Queensland -- Biography.  |  Women, Aboriginal Australian -- Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- Biography.  |  Queensland -- History -- 20th century.  |  Australian

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