Encounters with indigeneity : writing about Aboriginal and by Jeremy Beckett

By Jeremy Beckett

During this worthy assortment well known Australian pupil, Professor Jeremy Beckett, attracts jointly a few of his top writing from the Seventies to the current. the gathering distils 50 years of heritage, mixing cultural research with narrative in areas of Australia. For 4 a long time Jeremy Beckett has shone a mild on formerly marginalised fields of existence. whereas the various went looking for 'traditional culture',  Read more...

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The people of the ‘Corner’ — Maliangaba, Wadigali, Gungadidji and Wonggumara — differed again. They are mentioned only in passing by earlier writers, and Maliangaba is the only group about which I could obtain much information (Beckett 1968). Though their languages were not like Bagundji, their kinship terminology and social organisation were similar. But, like the peoples of south-western Queensland and north-eastern South Australia, they practised circumcision and a form of the wiljaru rite. Elkin (1931, p.

186; Hardy 1976, p. 183), but from their ranks there emerged a new generation — mainly half caste — who were not tied to the one station, but rather formed part of the region’s itinerant proletariat (Hardy 1976, pp. 199–200). They had been reared by their black mothers and ignored by their white fathers; in most case, they had been initiated, but they had also acquired the manners and style of the white stockman. This is not to suggest that they became indistinguishable from their white workmates or that they were accepted on terms of equality.

Then to Paddy-paddy, then just this side of the Wipa hole. He camped in the creek and made his camp there. He hung his water bag up. The snake started to move: he bust the bag. Then the old Bronze Wing away he goes and banks the water up so the water won’t get away. Then the water washed the bank away. He tried to bank it up with a boom. ’ It all ran into Paddy-paddy. He called it the gugu then. Then he went on to Madawara (gidgee) Creek. He went on from there to what they call Wipa hole. He left all his feathers at Widhu [Hook Creek].

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