Us Mob Walawurru

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Magabala Books, 2006 - Social Science - 168 pages
Us Mob Walawurru takes place in the 1960s in an Aboriginal community in Central Australia. Told through the eyes of Ruby, a Liritja girl, the story revolves around the new silver bullet school and the cultural challenges faced by both the community members and the well-meaning schoolteacher. Ruby tells of her own awakening and she experiences some of the momentous events of the time, including the 1967 Aboriginal citizenship referendum and the buy-back of pastoral leases. With perception and humor, this ground-breaking novel deals with issues of culture, ownership, and reconciliation that are just as pertinent today, while providing insight into the cultural challenges faced by Aboriginal communities and their non-Aboriginal people.

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About the author (2006)

\Lisa Wilyuka is a Luritja woman from Titjikala, a community south of Alice Springs. She has lived in Titjikala all her life and works with youth in the community. Through living and working with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, David Spillman has been exploring Aboriginal cultures and their similarities and differences to his own western culture.

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