The Life of Nyamal Lawman Peter Coppin
Kangkushot provides valuable insights into the rich and spiritual way Aboriginal people view their lives and land, and their place in it.
This is an updated edition of an epic and remarkable story of senior Nyamal lawman, Peter Coppin, who dreamed of a different life for his people. Despite great danger to themselves, he and others took part in the longest Aboriginal strike in Australia, the Pilbara Strike in 1946.
Born in Yarrie country in Western Australia's Pilbara, he describes a life of danger, drama and hardship; his people forced to work on pastoral stations for meagre rations, their lives subject to the whims of white pastoralists, government agents and legislators. Coppin went on to be awarded a British Empire medal, was joint NAIDOC elder of the year and won a police medal, as well as negotiating the first perpetual leases over Pilbara land and running a successful cattle station.
- 240mm x 170mm x 13mm
- Released June 2014
- ISBN 9781922059635
About The Author
Jolly Read is a West Australian journalist and author. She has spent three decades working with several Western Australian Indigenous communities on stories and media involving native title, country and language. She worked as a political journalist and writer, and has written short stories and a children’s book.
Kangkushot: the Life of Nyamal Lawman, Peter Coppin, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Yandy, the play she wrote about the 1946 Pilbara Aboriginal pastoral strike won the 2004 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for best script.
She also won a Channel Seven Young Filmmaker’s Award and a Churchill Fellowship to study Indigenous storytelling, native title and language rejuvenation in Canada and the United States.
About The Cover
Cover Photograph by Brendan Read