The colonial storytelling of good intent

Or the inspired erasure of our Ancestors?

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  • Published 20220127
  • ISBN: 978-1-92221-65-8
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

There was once a time when all spoke the same language, no matter the skin, and so there was a great peace over the lands. To help keep this peace, great meetings were held when the three sisters in the sky stood in line, and the Law-Makers – the Elders, Warriors and Healers – would gather to share their Stories and Songs. For the great meeting of this Story, it was held on the Land of the Yandelora, the home Country of Wiritjiribin the Lyrebird.

It was the duty of Wiritjiribin to welcome all Law-Makers and remind them of how the Yandelora had become a place of peace, where any violence was shunned and no weapons could be carried. They would be shown where their weapons could be kept, and where their campsites (and those of their Ancestors) could be found (often marked by carved trees or even the sacred plants of their homelands). During the great meeting, Wiritjiribin welcomed many, including Duluma the Crocodile from the warmer salty rivers and Djunguwaragal the Devil Dog who came from the colder forests in the opposite direction. Garal’ga the Black Cockatoo from over the mountains and Bittoorong’burran the great Red Kangaroo who bounded from the dry Country further inland were also greeted warmly. Over time, nearly all the Law-Makers had arrived.

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