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A Place Called Home

By Anne-Katrin Eckermann

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Format: Paperback, 119 pages
Other Information: , colour illustrations
Published In: Australia, 18 January 2016
The Gungarri of South West (SW) Queensland, Australia, have lived in, and taken care of, the country reaching from the headwaters of the Maranoa River in the Chesterton Ranges to the junction of the Maranoa and the Balonne for centuries before Europeans began to occupy the country about the mid-1850s. Despite dispossession, dislocations and disruption, the Gungarri survived over the past 170 years in terms of language, kinship and descent, bound together by history, common experiences and a rich oral history. They identify themselves as Gungarri, their knowledge of ritual and spiritual associations is strong and they continue to identify with the country, which has been handed down to them by their forbears. As a people, they have never surrendered their lands to the invaders and they have over the years followed a number of strategies to retain and regain possession of their lands when the opportunity arose. This account of the Gungarri struggle for recognition and acknowledgement of their rights to their country, invites the reader to participate in their efforts by focusing on: Gungarri traditions and beliefs, social organisations and lifestyle before colonisation Gungarri resistance to colonisation, the imposition of non-Gungarri laws, land dispossession and dislocation And explore the ways in which the Gungarri have retained their connections with the land and their efforts to regain it, where possible, over the last two decades. The information presented is based on existing literature dating back to the mid-1800s, as well as oral traditions collected over the past 45 years by means of interviews, focus groups and workshops. "The land is everything. It's where we were born, it's where we hunt, it's our spirit, and where we belong. It comforts us and gives us hope for the future." Lynette Nixon, Gungarri woman, 2014.

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The Gunggari peoples' struggle to get their land back is one of epic proportions. To survive invasion is one thing, but to document it, throughout the most appalling [of] human conduct, is a monumental achievement displaying great tenacity. The case study is not only a reliable history of Gungarri country but a testament to peoples whose existence was denied by both black & white. All manner of experts said there was no native title in South-West Queensland. The Gungarri & their neighbours, the Kooma people, proved them wrong, mainly through the expertise of the authors and the peoples. - Peter Kilduff Barrister Melbourne Victoria Australia

EAN: 9780994297303
ISBN: 0994297300
Publisher: Inhouse Publishing
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 0.8 centimeters (0.19 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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