Rex Graham, a part-Aboriginal student of anthropology, is searching for his own indigenous ancestral history: customs, language and dreamtime legends. Due to a lifetime bond to his Aboriginal grandmother, he is enlightened after her passing, when he discoverers the key to his lost people's history and traditional history: preserved in artwork bequeathed to him on her deathbed. Driven by a passion to learn the truth about the simplistic drawings, the legends unfold as epic mythology: filled with adventure, drama and a wealth of traditional Aboriginal survival and culture.
Barnett captures the strong bond the Booran people have with nature-how they lived off and with the land, communicating with it, respecting it, learning from it. Like any good collection of myths, there is also the educational aspect of these tales. Readers will learn about the spirits the Booran people believe in, manhood initiation ceremonies, and other cultural practices such as communication rules and skin signs with other tribes. Blending a fictional premise with well-researched legends, this book is a great starter read for those interesting in learning more about Aboriginal stories, and includes a glossary of mixed aboriginal language, index of communities and bibliography at the end of the story.
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About the Author
J.M. Barnett was born and raised in South Australia. Educated at Woodlands Girls Grammar School, Glenelg, the author became vitally interested in anthropology and indigenous societies. Further to an extensive nursing career, Ms Barnett embarked on studies in traditional medicine, in which she is still involved. As a registered Traditional Western and Chinese Medicine practitioner, Ms Barnett became vitally interested indigenous cultures prior to western intervention. The author is particularly fascinated by the ability of Australian indigenous bush-men to access a higher sense, or instinct and their survival skills in remote regions of Australia. Together with her many other interests, Ms Barnett enjoys creative writing and art. She lives with her husband in a Queensland country town, where they spend countless hours establishing a bird friendly environment by cultivating native plants and an eco friendly environment.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
myths-legends, anthropology, historical-research, historical-figures, aboriginal-people, Australia, cultural-exploration I confess to knowing almost nothing about the peoples of Australia before the English came (for reference, mine came to the US from Eastern Europe before WW1). On the other hand, I have an addiction to works published by Charles River Editors so that probably explains why I enjoyed this work. I always find the similarities of myths and legends around the globe very fascinating. This work is somewhat more academic than others, but I think that it is best read in segments rather than cover to cover in one go. Bottom line is that it is a wonderful insight into those who came to Australia first. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Xlibris via NetGalley.
I have been really struggling to read this book. I have read stories about the Dreamtime before & also Native American vision quests. I thought I had an idea of what it would be like, but I am finding it to be incredibly dry, boring & tiresome to read. Perhaps for me part of it is the descriptions, since I am not familiar with Australian flora & fauna. So, I can't really relate to or visualize these plants & animals. I haven't completely finished the book yet, but my review is running late, so I figured I should get it done. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.