What do the artistic works of acclaimed author Tim Winton and eminent Ngarinyin lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai have in common? According to Hannah Rachel Bell they both reflect sacred relationship with the natural world, the biological imperative of a male rite of passage, an emergent urban tribalism, and the fundamental role of story in the transmission of cultural knowledge. In Bell's four decade friendship with Mowaljarlai, she had to confront the cultural assumptions that sculpted her way of seeing. The journey was life-changing. When she returned to teaching in 2001 Tim Winton's novels featured in the curriculum. She recognised an eerie familiarity and thought Winton must have been influenced by traditional elders to express such an 'indigenous' perspective. She wrote to him. This resulted in 4 years of correspondence and an excavation of converging world views - exposed through personal memoir, letters, paintings and conversations and culminating in Storymen.Read more
- A unique and deeply personal insight into the work and converging cosmologies of two great Australians, senior Ngarinyin lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai and acclaimed author Tim Winton
- The original style combines ancient indigenous knowledge and wisdom, and post-modern literary fiction
- Contains personal memoir, letters, conversations and never before seen indigenous art accompanied by stories in Mowaljarlai's own words
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'David Mowaljalai embodied 60,000 years of culture that is of this country where we try to make our home. He was a bridge. He always knew this, and always treated black and white the same. One day he will be seen as the man who carried Aboriginal wisdom into the Australia of the future, the Elder of us all. Tim Winton listened to this voice. Hannah Rachel Bell knew it needed to be written down, and shared. Storymen is a heck of a book.' Steve Biddulph, leading psychologist and best-selling author of titles including Raising Boys and Manhood
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- Date Published: November 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521759960
- length: 262 pages
- dimensions: 240 x 182 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.78kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations and photographs
Characters and country
Law in nature
Male rite of passage
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