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Yijarni : true stories from Gurindji country / edited by: Erika Charola and Felicity Helen Meakins
Bib ID 8167557
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [still image, cartographic image, online resource]
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Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite at the National Library of Australia 
Description Canberra, Australian Capital Territory : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016 
© 2016 
1 online resource (ix, 246 pages) : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits, facsimiles. 
ISBN 9781925302035 (PDF)
Technical Details

text file : PDF : 130.0MB 

text file : PDF : 130MB 


On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists. Led by Vincent Lingiari, this land-mark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists as well as (some) classic pre-contact stories. Told in both English and Gurindji these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations.


"Historical accounts by Dandy Danbayarri, Ronnie Wavehill, Violet Wadrill, Banjo Ryan, Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal, Peanut Pontiari, Maurie Ryan, Vincent Lingiari, Jimmy Manngayarri, Blanche Bulngari and Pincher Nyurrmiari"--Title page.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242) and index.

Text in English and Gurindji language.

Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed July 12, 2017)

Subjects Occupations - Pastoral industry workers.  |  Law enforcement - Police trackers.  |  Ceremonies - Rain making.  |  History - Biographies - Indigenous - Autobiographies.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Tracking.  |  Law enforcement - Police - Native police.  |  Waringari language (A63) (WA SF52-02)  |  Stories and motifs - Mermaids.  |  Land rights - Pastoral industry.  |  Land rights - Land acquisition.  |  Sites - Historical.  |  Art - Painting.  |  Settlement and contacts - Afghans.  |  Social behaviour - Violence.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Child welfare - Child / parent separation - Stolen generations.  |  Social identity - Mixed descent.  |  Settlement and contacts - Resettlement and removals.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - 1901-  |  Food - Bush tucker.  |  Settlement and contacts - Explorers - European.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - To 1900.  |  Literature and stories.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture - Pastoral industry - Beef cattle.  |  Waringari people (A63) (WA SF52-02)  |  Environment - Climate and weather - Floods.  |  Buildings - Public - Police stations.  |  Feuds and warfare.  |  Gurindji people (C20) (NT SE52-08)  |  Gurindji (Australian people) -- Treatment of -- Northern Territory -- Wave Hill Station.  |  Gurindji (Australian people) -- Northern Territory -- Wave Hill Station -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Treatment of -- Northern Territory.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Northern Territory -- History.  |  Strikes and lockouts -- Cattle trade -- Northern Territory -- Wave Hill Station.  |  Art, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory.  |  Gurindji (Australian people) -- History.  |  Jurlakkula / Nero Yard (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Murntuluk / Catfish (Central NT, North NT SE52-03)  |  Mangurlu / Seale Yard (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Yurruj (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Croker Island (West Arnhem Land NT SC53-13)  |  Limbunya (Central NT SE52-07)  |  Jinparrak (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Victoria River Downs (North NT SE52-04)  |  Victoria River (North NT SD52, SE52)  |  Timber Creek (North NT Victoria River SD52-15)  |  Seales Gorge (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Daguragu / Kalkaringi / Wave Hill (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Wirrilu / Blackfella Creek (Central NT, North NT SE52-03)  |  Tartarr / Blackfellows Knob (Central NT SE52-03)  |  Ngima / Neave River Junction (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Waniyi (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Bow Hills (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Australian
Form/genre Electronic books
Other authors/contributors Charola, Erika, editor  |  Meakins, Felicity, editor  |  Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, issuing body
Copyright information © Gurindji people 2016 

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