By Linda Westphalen
Examines existence background writing via Australian Aboriginal ladies within the context of negotiations approximately one's prestige and claims to state. This e-book makes use of a methodological blend of literary research, historical past and anthropology to attract out the distinct cultural heritages held in palimpsest inside of texts.
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Wendy Holland, quoting E. Featherston, suggests Relmembering is a form of resistance; it is a lifeaffirming and self-defining act. Relmembering is a cry of defiance in the face of that which would steal our past, predetermine our future, cut short our present, challenge our humanity, render our lives meaningless and make us invisible. It is our refusal to be silent, our rejection of oppression (Featherston in Holland 1996: 99). Anne Brewster has also written about the need to reverse 'white cultural amnesia' regarding Aboriginal people in Australia (1994: 49).
There are therefore varying specificities in the relationships that can be drawn between people, places and events in the texts and the reading audience, depending on who they are. As Clarke notes, 'an individual's connection to the Dreaming provided the basis of his or her identity' (1995: 145). The great variations in Dreaming Stories, both across geographical localities and within specific Country, relates to the locations where people are born and live, as well as to the dynamic relationship that they had, and have, with the land.
Since Aunty Ruby has written so much, I decided to concentrate primarily on the texts which involve her growing up in, and reconnecting with, Bundjalung Country: Don't Take Your Love to Town (1988) and My Buvldjalung People (1994). Both Alice Nannup's and Aunty Ruby's texts offered the scope and depth which I needed. Alice Nannup was a Pilbara Yindjibarndi Elder, Aunty Ruby is an Elder of the Bundjalung from the north-east coast of New South Wales. As such, the former's heritage reflected similarities with Western Desert cultures, while the latter is a woman of the Richmond River and the 'Sky Hero,' Binigan, Alice Nannup's Country was colonised between the 1890s and 1920s, while Aunty Ruby's Country was colonised in the 1840s.
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