Tripping Over Feathers: Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : a Narrative of the Stolen Generations

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UWA Publishing, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
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Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams was a member of the Aboriginal Stolen Generations. She was taken from her mother at birth and put into a home for white girls. As an effected adult, she spent ten years in court suing the Australia's State Government for negligence. Not only did Joy lose the case, but lost two separate appeals. Several years later she was found dead, alone, in her Primbee flat in New South Wales. In this book, Peter Read ?? an award-winning author and prominent historian of Aboriginal history ?? tells Joy Williams's story, which exemplifies the detrimental effects of Aboriginal children removed from their mothers at birth. Joy suffered abuse, anger, violence, and mental illness. The book is a new style of biography, written in direct speech and dramatized, often using Joy's own words, with a reverse chronology from death to birth. Tripping over Feathers offers rare historical insight into the institutions, street life, and Indigenous and urban culture from 1942 to 2006. Also included are many of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams's poems.
 

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Tripping Over Feathers is the story of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams, an Aboriginal woman who was taken from her mother as a baby. This affected Joy until her death, shown by author Peter Read as he ... Read full review

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My grandmother wrote this amazing book i miss her so much every day and she wasnt found dead alonr in her flat a nurse was with her and i know she is resting in peace with other family up there love ya grandma joy.xoxo

Contents

Joys Funeral
1
Reflections
7
After Shopping
15
Aboriginal Education
21
Going Home
51
Joy Doretta and
60
Meeting Doretta
72
Confrontation Therapy
85
Vocational Guidance
103
Family History
116
In Gods Care
128
Suggested Reading
147
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