Elders: Wisdom from Australia's Indigenous Leaders

Elders: Wisdom from Australia's Indigenous Leaders

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Peter Mcconchie
Cambridge University Press, 10/30/2003
EAN 9780521539241, ISBN10: 0521539242

Paperback, 126 pages, 22.9 x 21.6 x 0.8 cm
Language: English

This is an important book, whose content is unlike any other. It is about indigenous peoples and their traditional and contemporary ways of living. Elders is a series of chapters authored by tribal elders from around Australia. Each chapter describes an important aspect of contemporary tribal life, and the elder speaks on behalf of his or her tribe - explaining what rituals they hold to, what understandings of the world they have. They talk about subjects such as The Land, The Sea, Spirit, Law, Family, Healing, Ceremony, Song, and Hunting. Peter McConchie has travelled to the far corners of the continent to listen and record what elders have to say. They speak simply and movingly, and visually stunning photography supports their words. Elders is a book to appeal to the widest possible audience. It is the most representative account of Aboriginal people's lives, culture and beliefs in book form.

1. Healing
2. The land
3. Hunting
4. Gathering
5. Family
6. Lore/law
7. Spirit
8. The sea
9. Ceremony and song.