By Linda Westphalen
Examines lifestyles historical past writing via Australian Aboriginal girls within the context of negotiations approximately one's prestige and claims to state. This e-book makes use of a methodological mixture of literary research, background and anthropology to attract out the precise cultural heritages held in palimpsest inside of texts.
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1996: xvi). Two other books are based at the same locationBig River Country: Stories 3 o m Elsey Station (Dirngayg et al. 1996), a compilation of Dreamings and more recent contact history fiom the Mangarrayi (Mungari) Language group, and Jeannie Gunn's We of the Never Never (1991: first published in 1908). These three texts therefore offer a rare chance for a three-way comparison of historical events from differing perspectives,15 Thonemann's prologue to Tell the White Man suggests that the impetus for recording the history into written form came fiom Buludja herself (Thonemann 1949: 15), although, since it is Thonemann who is the recorder, we have no way of knowing if this is actually so.
Sally Morgan was born in the 1950s in the south of the same state. Their experiences have almost no points of comparison. However, the three life stories recorded at the end of Morgan's My Place (1987), especially Daisy Corunna's history (Morgan 1987: 323-351) are directly relevant and useful to a discussion of Alice Nannup's experiences. I have tried to include as many life-histories as possible, such as those in Karijini Mirlimirli (Olive 1997), without drawing on comparisons across eras or locations which are unproductive.
She grew up on various stations in the Pilbara region, particularly on Kangan Station which was owned by her father, and which she regarded as her family home (Nannup et al. 1992: 20-21). Enticed by promises of education, Alice was sent south with the Carnpbells, the owners of Mallina Station, who used her as an unpaid servant (Nannup et al. 1992: 39-44). She stayed with them for two years. At the age of fourteen, Alice was taken to Moore River Native Settlement (hereafter Moore River), a residential home near Mogumber, about 140 kilometres north of Perth.
An Anthropological and Literary Study of Two Aboriginal Women’s Life Histories: The Impacts of Enforced Child Removal and Policies of Assimilation by Linda Westphalen