January 7, 1811, Orleans County, Louisiana, United States of America
The man ran as fast as the swampy terrain, the foggy night and his laboring breath would allow.
Simon: bonded slave; descendant of Haitian Kings and a sharp intelligent young mind was on the run from his Plantation manager’s grown son. When he met the strange black-skinned warrior from Australia that fateful night, everything he thought he knew about his own life: life in general, and the world around, suddenly altered.
That incredible night, the Fethafoot Nhompo dispersed the power of fear that he’d lived under all of his life – and along with his timely appearance he brought the first scent of hope that young Simon had ever known.
About the Author
Born in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, John is an indigenous Australian man of Kabi Kabi Aboriginal and South-Sea Island origin. His Australian indigenous mob is caretakers of the mainland area from approximately the Fraser to Moreton Islands area of the SE-Queensland coastline.
John's mother - Aunty Lorna Wenitong - started the first Aboriginal Health Program out of Mt Isa in the late 1960s and his younger brother, Mark, one of the first indigenous Doctors in Queensland, is credited with being the mind behind AIDA in Australia.
John, now in his early sixties, has four children aged from their teens to their late thirties, and six wonderful grandchildren. He plays guitar, photographs nature, writes poetry and songs, and occasionally tries to sing.