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Main Title: Listening to country : a journey to the heart of what it means to belong / Ros Moriarty. Book Cover
Author: Moriarty, Ros, 1956-
Year: 2010.
Collation: 24 cm. 232 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.), pbk, ;
Summary: Purpose -- Belonging -- Giving -- Meaning -- Love -- Compassion -- Truth -- Grief -- Family -- Forgiveness.

From a trip made by the author to the Australian desert to spend time learning the secrets and hearing the stories of her husband's family's matriarchs, comes a warm, intimate account providing rare insight into the spiritual and emotional world of Aboriginal women.

Ros Moriarty is a white woman married to an Aboriginal man. Over the course of many visits to her husband's family, she was fascinated to discover that the older tribal women of his family had a deep sense of happiness and purpose that transcended the abject material poverty, illness, and increasing violence of their community; a happiness that she feels is related to an essential "warmth of heart" that these women say has gone missing in today's world.

In May 2006, she had the chance to spend time in the Tanami Desert in north central Australia with 200 Aboriginal women, performing women's Law ceremonies. Here is the story of that trip and her friendship with these women, as she tells their stories and passes on their wisdom and understanding.

Offering a privileged window into the spiritual and emotional world of Aboriginal women, this book is a moving story of common human experience, the getting and passing on of wisdom, and the deep friendship and bonds between women. It carries a moving and profound sense of optimism in the fundamental humanity we all share.
Subject: Moriarty, John.
Moriarty, Ros, 1956-
Balarinji (Firm)
Yanyuwa (First Nations Australian people)
Social life and customs
First Nations Australians
First Nations Australians - - Biography
Tanami Desert (Northern Australia)
Northern district (NT)
ISBN: 9781741753806 (pbk.)
This work contains text and/or images that may cause offence to members of the Australian Indigenous community, or may be deemed inappropriate for some users on the grounds of sex, age or social status by the Australian Indigenous community.
Includes bibliographical references: p. 230.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.42 NT NORT BIO MOR Available