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Doreen Kartinyeri

My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri & Sue Anderson

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'Lies, Lies, Lies' shouted the newspaper headlines following the Royal Commission decision into building the Hindmarsh Island Bridge. Doreen Kartinyeri, key Ngarrindjeri spokeswoman, was devastated...

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'Lies, Lies, Lies' shouted the newspaper headlines following the Royal Commission decision into building the Hindmarsh Island Bridge. Doreen Kartinyeri, key Ngarrindjeri spokeswoman, was devastated. How could whitefella law fail to protect Aboriginal women's sites? Against a backdrop of abuse, threats and ill-health, Doreen fought back. In 2001 the HREOC Inquiry vindicated the women.

Aged 10 years, Doreen suffered the loss of her mother, her sister's removal and her own placement in Fullarton Girls Home, 100 kms from home. Doreen later learnt about her culture from her Aunty Rosie and other women with whom she spent time. She had nine children of her own and fostered 23 others.

Although poorly schooled in formal terms, Doreen was a tenacious researcher. Her sharp memory allowed her to piece together histories and genealogies and she helped reunite members of the Stolen Generations.

Doreen was a female warrior, dedicated to upholding and protecting Ngarrindjeri law. In this autobiography Doreen Kartinyeri reveals a deep-set desire for social justice, fuelled by passionate love and anger. Her wit and humour abound, while her integrity and sense of justice are inspirational

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 230mm x 155mm x 20mm
  • 256pp
  • Released April 2008
  • ISBN 9780855756598
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About The Author

Doreen Kartinyeri established the Aboriginal Family History Unit at the SA Museum, was awarded an honorary doctorate and published several books of genealogy. She passed away in December 2007.

Sue Anderson has worked as a cultural heritage consultant and oral historian for many years, producing many articles and publications.

About The Cover

Cover image: The people by Sandra Saunders, oil on canvas 2000. Courtesy, private collection. A mi: mini is gathering rushes for weaving. Her coat is woven from the rushes. The kornies are netting fish in the Lake Alexandrina.

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I have friends who are interested in my Ngarrindjeri heritage, my dad (Darrell Sumner) who is an elder has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and I thought this book would help me connect more with my heritage and also give my friend a glimpse of the struggles and highlights of my mob.
This book is a great read and the delivery arrived in 2 days - AMAZING!
This book is a great read for anyone wanting to get a glimpse into the struggles and highlights of our first nations people.

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Purchased for Christmas present for a friend

I have friends who are interested in my Ngarrindjeri heritage, my dad (Darrell Sumner) who is an elder has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and I thought this book would help me connect more with my heritage and also give my friend a glimpse of the struggles and highlights of my mob.
This book is a great read and the delivery arrived in 2 days - AMAZING!
This book is a great read for anyone wanting to get a glimpse into the struggles and highlights of our first nations people.

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