Dreamkeepers: A Spirit-Journey Into Aboriginal Australia

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HarperPerennial, 1995 - Religion - 219 pages
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Popular account of authors encounters with Aboriginal people and culture in the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert; definition of Dreamtime, contemporary political background; based on conversations with Daisy Utemorrah, Ted Carlton, Jim Ward, Danny Wallace, George Wallaby, Reg Birch, Betty Johnston, Jack Rogers, Billy Oscar, Banjo Woorunmarra and David Mowaljarlai; visits to Wandjina art site, Waringarri, Mowanjum, Emu Creek, Kununurra, Balgo, Halls Creek and Yiyilu; relationship to land, parallels with native Americans; land rights; alcohol abuse; station life; mythology (eagle hawk, Billaluna region, Wandjina); mining industry; ATSIC; Christianity; law and punishment; healing; smoking ceremony; music; Pigeon (Jandamarra); Mowaljarlais Body of Australia vision.

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Review: Dreamkeepers: A Spirit-Journey into Aboriginal Australia

User Review  - David Eff - Goodreads

Technically enjoyable, but disappointing. I just got the impression that the author had no idea how to interact or empathize with the Aboriginal people. He just seemed like the awkward Western ethnographer. Read full review

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User Review  - John Dunphy - Goodreads

Usually not a huge nonfiction guy, but I really enjoyed this book. I do agree with some of the critics that at points, Arden seems to think a little to highly of himself, but overall, I found the ... Read full review

About the author (1995)

Harvey Arden, retired senior writer for "National Geographic, " produced some of the magazine's most memorable stories during his tenure. Several of his articles have been reprinted in "Reader's Digest".

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