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Main Title: Born under the paperbark tree : a mans life / told by master Wardaman storyteller Yidumduma Bill Harney : written by Jan Wositzky.
Author: Harney, Bill.
Wositzky, Jan, 1951-
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Imprint: Sydney, NSW : ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1996.
Collation: xvi, 208 pages : maps, paperback ; 20 cm.
Subject: Harney, Yidumduma Bill
Wardaman (First Nations Australian people)
First Nations Australians
First Nations Australians - - Biography
Northern Territory
ISBN: 0733305148 : 9780733305146
The son of W. E. (Bill) Harney, the writer and storyteller who became a legend in the North, and Ludi Yibuluyma, a Wardaman woman, Yidumduma Bill Harney had little contact with his father. Instead he was brought up straddling both heritages, learning the traditional Aboriginal way of life and learning the white man's way. Yidumduma Bill witnessed horrific acts such as cattle station owners poisoning Aborigines and welfare officers seizing part-Aboriginal children. his own sister Dulcie was taken by the authorities and he narrowly escaped the same fate. Years later he had to fight to keep his own sons. Bill has seen the disintegration of the traditional Aboriginal way of life, and the ene of the livelihood of stockmen and drovers. Shocking stories of casual cruelty and violence sit alongside tales of the Dreamtime, graphic details of the bush tucker of his childhood, and hilarious yarns about drunken drovers, crafty poddy dodgers and miserable publicans. Funny, moving and engaging, Born Under the Paperbark Tree is the authentic voice of a man living between two worlds, two cultures-a life which he feels has let him come out 'top all 'around'. --Backcover

At head of title: From the land of the Lightning Brothers
Includes index.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 BIO HAR Available