Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia by Bain Attwood, Fiona Magowan

By Bain Attwood, Fiona Magowan

Contemporary many years have visible an immense upsurge of curiosity one of the indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand of their background. lifestyles tales, land claims, family tree, music, dance and portray have all made new contributions to the restoration and illustration of the previous. This ebook appears to be like on the position of lifestyles tales and of reminiscence in historical past: who tells existence tales, the aim for which they're informed; the function of tale and heritage within the politics of land claims; and how language affects on study and writing. Ann Parsonson writes approximately "stories for land" within the oral narratives of the Maori Land court docket; Deborah Rose chook retells the "saga of Captain Cook"; Andrew Erueti and Alan Ward research Maori land legislations within the context of the Treaty claims procedure; Jeremy Beckett appears to be like on the autobiographical oral background of Myles Lalor; and Bain Attwood discusses the stolen generations narrative. The individuals discover the questions bobbing up whilst other forms of background meet: other kinds of facts, from assorted cultures, occasionally telling a similar tale from conflicting views. The ebook freely explores the a number of different types of indigenous background in New Zealand and Australia.

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Te Oro Te Koko did not feel obliged to relate the waka tradition in full which, as we know from other accounts, might have given the reasons for the tension that had developed between Hoturoa and Raka, the names of Raka’s companions on his overland journey, the words of his karakia, and the origin of the names given by Kahu on her journey. But, like other kaumatua, he paused to spell out the meaning of his narrative for the court. ’34 Deliberate interpolations like this are a reminder that kaumatua were always conscious of the transposition 29 TELLING STORIES of their narratives into a new cultural context, and of the judicial weight being brought to bear on their statements.

Policeman Wheelock a good fellow, nothing sulky. I like ship, I was not sick. I do not like walking so far. I came with a bullock chain round my neck from Eyre Sand Patch to Albany. 27 In response to questions about blankets and medical care, Benjamin told his story a third time, working the narrative around again to the hardship and humiliation he had endured: I have same blanket I came with a fortnight ago. I had a cold in Fremantle. The Doctor saw me at Fremantle, when I was ready to come to Rottnest.

By submitting written narratives 14 INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN LIFE WRITING to the inquiry—which they or one of the officials read out to the commissioners—they seized a measure of control over its agenda, raising issues overlooked by the commissioners in their ordinary lines of oral questioning. Caroline Morgan, for example, had Thomas Dunolly write out the following narrative for presentation to the inquiry: This is my evidence. Coranderrk, November 16th 1881. I have asked Mrs. Strickland [wife of the reserve manager] for a pair of blankets for my sick boy.

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