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Every Hill Got a Story

We Grew Up in Country

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The first comprehensive history of Central Australia's Aboriginal people, as told in their own words and many languages, this montage of shared stories and snapshots of the lives of 127 eminent men and women is engaging, stimulating, humorous, exciting and at times tragically sad. Their testimonies paint an unflinchingly honest picture of surviving first contact, of massacres and forced removals, and of resistance to more than a century of top-down government policies. But they're also a celebration of winning back ownership of more than 410,000 square kilometres of their ancestral lands.

As Rachel Perkins writes in her preface to the book, country is "the profound and uniting force that underpins everything". Aboriginal people have a connection to land that is inherently different to the European concept of ownership, control and borders. They had no fences, but they had clearly defined communities, each with their own language, song and law.

From the moment of colonisation, Europeans failed to understand the importance of country. They failed to recognise - and therefore to value - the complex cultures and legal systems, and the sustainability, of Indigenous land management. They did not understand that country is reflected through stories, song, dance, hunting, fishing and ceremony. They also did not understand that language carries culture in every place and that there were so many languages already in Australia, languages reflecting the cultures of the first people.

Every Hill Got a Story is a rich primary resource and a rare opportunity to hear from people telling their own stories in their own words. These Aboriginal voices from central Australia tell of cultural identity, change and resilience. A fascinating eye-opener of a book - a treasure trove to read cover to cover, or to dip into at random.

Compiled by Marg Bowman, for the Central Land Council.

A study guide for Every Hill Got a Story is available to download for free here. (Click on 'Study guides').

ISBN / Barcode: 9781742709819

Product features
  • Lavishly produced
  • Intimate stories and anecdotes
  • Loads of beautiful historical photographs, colour and black & white
  • Includes language information, maps, short biography of all contributors, glossary and references
  • 240 x 292 mm
  • 264 pages
  • Great classroom resource

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