Hidden Histories: Black Stories from Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill Stations

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Aboriginal Studies Press, 1991 - Social Science - 268 pages
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Contact history of Victoria River Downs, Wave Hill and Humbert River Stations based on Aboriginal oral accounts; brief outline of Prehistory, traditional culture and territorial groupings (Ngarinman, Mudbura, Bilinara, Ngaliwurru, Karangpurru, Wardaman, Gurindji, Malngin); Captain Cook mythology and the contradictions of the early settlement; case studies of killings examined; role of police and police trackers; destruction of the Karangpurru and Nyiwanawu; Humbert River Mudbura Aboriginal Reserve; Aboriginal perception of social justice; wages and unionism; Vesteys and Borril labour and production management; effects of Welfare policies; station violence, interpersonal relations and sexual conflict; accounts of working lives on stations; demographic estimates; impact of the Wave Hill strike (1966); the Gibb Committee; establishment of Daguragu, Yarralin, Lingara, and Pigeon Hole communities; Stokes Range, Timber Creek, Kidman Springs - Jasper Gorge, Bilinara land claims.

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Deborah Bird Rose is senior figure in the world of Australian anthropology and has worked with Aboriginal people in their claims to land, in protecting sacred sites, and in collaboratively documenting their relationships with totemic landscapes.

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