Warlpiri Women’s Voices

Warlpiri karnta karnta-kurlangu yimi Our lives our history Stories collected by Georgina Napangardi Janet Nakamarra Long and edited by Petronella Vaarzon-Morel In Warlpiri Women’s Voices Aboriginal women tell the stories of their lives and history on the Lander River in Central Australia.

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Warlpiri women have a strength and resilience that comes from lives lived on the land.  Their knowledge of country is handed down from generation to generation through story, ceremony, song and dance – women’s business.  This relationship to country has supported them through the hardship of desert life, the trauma of early European contact and the rapid changes of recent times.  In Warlpiri Women’s Voices Aboriginal women tell the stories of their lives and history on the Lander River in Central Australia.  They speak of growing up in the days before Europeans arrived in their country; of learning about social relationships and religious ceremony; of hunting and gathering with the older women.  Then come stories about their early encounters with Europeans and the changes that followed.

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