Indigenous Biography and Autobiography by Peter Read, Frances Peters-Little, Anna Haebich

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By Peter Read, Frances Peters-Little, Anna Haebich

During this soaking up number of papers Aboriginal, Maori, Dalit and western students talk about and examine the problems they've got confronted in writing Indigenous biographies and autobiographies. the problems diversity from balancing the calls for of western and non-western scholarship, via writing a few relations that refuses to recognize its id, to contemplating a group call for to not write whatever in any respect. the gathering additionally offers a few state of the art concerns in instructing Indigenous experiences in keeping with auto/biography in Austria, Spain and Italy.

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Somerville, Margaret, Marie Dundas et al. 1994, The sun dancin’: People and place in Coonabarabran, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra. Sullivan, Jack and Bruce Shaw 1983, Banggaiyerri: The story of Jack Sullivan as told to Bruce Shaw, AIAS, Canberra. Sykes, Roberta (ed) 1993, Murawina: Australian women of high achievement, Doubleday, Sydney. —— 1997, Snake cradle, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. —— 1998, Snake dancing, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. —— 2000, Snake circle, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. —— 2001, Snake dreaming: Autobiography of a black woman, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.

The students have access to a huge amount of electronic information in the form of articles, press links, reviews, journals and I impress upon them that any engagement with the work we are doing must move through a social-historical approach to a well documented analysis of current government intervention. As far as I am concerned any theoretical approach must wait. Our first task, once the socio-historical background has been dealt with, is to attempt to come to the work with a clean slate. We need to listen if we are to understand, we need to realise that enabling ourselves to leap the cultural abyss that lies between us and Aboriginal culture, indeed that of any indigenous group around the world, has to be based on listening, absorbing, taking the texts away with us and thinking profoundly about what they are saying about themselves and us as outsiders.

23 Indigenous Biography and Autobiography van den Berg, Rosemary 1994, No options, no choice! The Moore River experience: My father, Thomas Corbett, an Aboriginal half-caste, Magabala Books, Broome. Willmot, Eric Paul 1987, Pemulwuy, the rainbow warrior, Weldons, McMahons Point. Wilson, Graham 1989, Pilbara bushman: The life experience of W. Dunn, Hesperian Press, Victoria Park. Wood, Roma 1995, The young soldier from the Goldfields, Hesperian Press, Carlisle. Wright, Edie 2001, Full circle: From mission to community – A family story, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle.

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