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Singing Saltwater Country
Author: John Bradley

ISBN: 9781742372419
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1 August 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.5
Description:
John Bradley's compelling account of three decades living with the Yanyuwa people of the Gulf of Carpentaria and of how the elders revealed to him the ancient songlines of their Dreaming.

With oral traditions slowly being lost, Singing Saltwater Country is an important record of traditional Aboriginal knowledge and ways of life for future generations.

At the age of 20, John Bradley left his rural Victorian family home to become a teacher at Borroloola Primary School, in the fragile riverine and island country of far north Australia. There began three decades living with the Yanyuwa people, building a relationship of trust and intimacy that led to his learning their Dreaming stories and his family becoming part of theirs.

The Yanyuwa elders had realised they needed to record their stories and ways of life, because too many old people were dying and a generation had drifted away from their culture due to the influences of the modern white world and the tidal wave of change that government welfare policies, disease and alcohol have brought to remote Aboriginal communities. Currently, only eleven old people spe...

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