||Ochre and rust : artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers / Philip Jones.
Jones, Philip G., 1955-
|| 24 cm. vi, 440 p. : ill. (some col.), portraits, facsims., maps, notes, bib., index, hbk ;
|| 1. Master Blackburn's whip -- 2. Broken shields -- 3. Turning to metal -- 4. Spearing Bennett -- 5. Drilling for fire -- 6. Unearthing the toas -- 7. The magic garb of Daisy Bates -- 8. Namatjira and the Jesus plaque -- 9. That special property.
In the Flinders Ranges, a Kuyanic man presents a cake of ochre to a European doctor, in earnest proof that the threatened ochre mine is 'as important as the Bible is to Christians'. As netted bags are exchanged for cloth south of Port Darwin, a surveyor's linguistic hobby draws him close to Djerimanga people, near enough to become the unwitting victim of a blood debt. This takes Aboriginal artifacts from their museum shelves, and traces their biographies, revealing charged and nuanced moments of encounter in Australia's frontier history. The book received the inaugural, 2008 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction, and was joint Winner of the FAW Melbourne University Publishing Award 2008.
First Nations Australians
First Nations Australians - - First encounters
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Bibliography: p. 417-427.