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Yijarni -

Yijarni

True stories from Gurindji country

Edited by Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins

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On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their read more

On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists.

Led by Vincent Lingiari, this landmark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists.

Told in both English and Gurindji, these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 275mm x 245mm x 15mm
  • 256pp
  • Released August 2016
  • ISBN 9781925302028
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About The Author

Waiting on Erika's Felicity Meakins is a linguist at the University of Queensland who specialises in the documentation of First Nations languages in the Northern Territory and the effect of English on these languages.

She has worked as a community linguist as well as an academic over the past two decades, facilitating language revitalisation programs, consulting on Native Title claims and conducting research into First Nations languages.

She has compiled a number of dictionaries, volumes of stories and grammars and has written numerous papers on language change in Australia.

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