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"It is perhaps the most lyrical and evocative book I have read in years. . . [she] has created a beautiful rendering of the wonder that results when one human being connects with another."  —Mary Dalmau in ShelfAwareness
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About the Author

Ros Moriarty is a former journalist with Radio Australia in indigenous affairs, women's issues, and the environment. She is currently designer and managing director of Balarinji Studio, Australia's leading indigenous art and design group. Visit her online at Twitter and Facebook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741753805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741753806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,508,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is two stories entwined; the story of the author accompanying women Aboriginal Elders to a sacred Law gathering, and the story of her own family's life with a foot in both Aboriginal and white Australia. The emphasis on story is the book's great strength; the issues of Aboriginal displacement, disadvantage and Stolen Generations are incredible complex, but Ros simply tells the stories without apportioning blame or offering simplistic solutions. We are simply drawn into the story, catching a glimpse of the warmth of community she experienced, as well as the pain of the women Elders who fear their Law wisdom will die with them. Photos from the Moriarty collection are an additional pleasure. This book was appreciated by my Book Club and subsequently donated as a set to our local library.
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By Martha May on September 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having just spent time in the Australian outback learning from Aboriginals in the area, this book is truly a treasure trove of historic perspective on these peoples and their ancestry. Ros story weaves so many threads of her personal life and journey, marrying a half-Aboriginal man, and then incorporating the Aboriginal themes into her work and her life and raising of her children. A beautiful and touching book that is hard to put down! I highly recommend it!
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By Lee Wright on June 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree with all that is positive in the previous reviews of Ros Moriarty's book. She takes the Aboriginals from the 'savages' they are too often portrayed as and shows the deep humanity and humility in their nature and the importance of The Law and The Business in shaping and leading their lives. Despite the degradation many live in those that are still in tune with their tribal heritage and ancestral beliefs have a sharing capacity that those of us in the material world seldom possess.

I found Ros' writing extremely evocative and her wordsmanship simply superb. I most definitely disagree with the reviewer who did not like her writing style. I found it uplifting.

This book I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who wants a greater understanding of the Aboriginal perspective.
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By Susan on August 27, 2012
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This book was chosen by a member of my book group otherwise I may never have read it. At the time of reading I was holidaying in Broome and the Kimberley country in Western Australia. Definitely the right time and place. Whilst the writing style was not of a high quality the narrative was mesmerising. The emotive descriptions of the author's experiences with her husband's indigenous family was intimate and informative. The descriptions of the individuals humourous and reverent at the same time. And the land itself became an important character in the story, Being an Australian the objective explanation of how the anglo saxons insidiously stripped this proud and ancient civilisation of it's heritage and dignity bought me to my shame rather than beat me with it. The surprise was that the Moriaty family business was responsible for things that I see regularly like the uniforms of the Qantas flight attendants and those that I have marvelled at in the past - the painted plane! Being a mother I admired Ros enormously at her courage in taking her babies into a place where sanitation was not as we know it in the suburbs. I found Ros very generous in her story telling - her frankness in sharing her fears and short comings. There is so much to like in this book but the standout was the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The use of the language and the poetry of the translations was quite moving. I would thoroughly recommend people from any where in the world to read this book. An insight into the lives of brave and noble people.
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