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I'm the One that Know this Country!

I'm the One that Know this Country! (Paperback)

By Lennon, Jessie

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Matutjara woman, Jessie Lennon, was born on a sheep station near Kingoonya in the 1920s. Aged six, she accompanied her father on a ceremonial journey with the Old People, as far west as Ooldea, in the time of Daisy Bates, and north to Coober Pedy, then a fledgling opal-mining set...tlement. Her early life was spent travelling with family: on foot, on camels and sometimes 'jumping the train'. Later they sought whitefella work in towns on sheep and cattle stations. Many times Jessie's travel brought her back to Coober Pedy where she lived in camps, underground dugouts and on the mine dumps. In the 1950s, Jessie and her family were 'caught by the bomb': fallout from the British nuclear tests at Emu, north of Maralinga. They were not evacuated, nor advised to take any precautions, and although they fled east, they could not escape the long-term effects on their health. Decades later, Jessie and Senior Elders in the community took up an unsuccessful fight for compensation. Jessie Lennon is a natural storyteller and here she speaks in Aboriginal English and language. As readers we gain an Anangu perspective of extraordinary adaption, as the Anangu make first contact with Europeans. But her story also reveals another viewpoint, that of settler history: the growth of the pastoral and mining industries, as well as the construction of railway lines and highways. In this book Jessie's stories are juxtaposed with historical photographs and information of the times, places and people in her life. In a life full of journeys and homecomings, a vivid picture emerges of family life and the importance of 'home'.
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ISBN 9780855757199
Published NZ 1 Feb 2011
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press
Format Paperback
39 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780855757199
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press
Imprint Aboriginal Studies Press
Published 1 Feb 2011
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Lennon, Jessie
Category Biography & Autobiography: General
Australasian & Pacific History
Indigenous Peoples
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 305.89915094238092;305.89915
Weight 508g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women, Aboriginal Australian - Australia - South Australia, Aboriginal Australians - Australia - South Australia, Lennon, Jessie, Women, Aboriginal Australian - South Australia - Coober Pedy Region, Coober Pedy (S. Aust.) - History
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;General/trade