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With deep roots in the Kimberley region, Olive Knight shares her story of growing up with the Gooniyandi and Walmatjarri peoples of north-western Australia. As the daughter of a half-caste father, she was nearly killed on the day of her birth, as was customary for halfblood children in her community. Thankfully she was spared by an elder, and would follow her own path, full of hardship as she moved from mission to mission. She eventually found love and fulfilment, following her late husband Jim's passion for Indigenous rights, becoming a respected translator and community leader. After Jim's death, Olive's singing and songwriting opened unexpected worlds of opportunity. From early days in mission gospel choirs to finding her true voice in the country western, blues and rock n' roll music of the day, Olive's talent as a singer eventually led to collaborations with other artists and performers, many of whom sought her unique voice and ability to translate songs into her traditional language. In 2011, Olive was invited to sing as part of Hugh Jackman's Back on Broadway production. Olive's spirit and compassion continue to inspire as she speaks openly about the challenges of adopting young children in her mature years, and how she hopes to bring greater awareness and prevention efforts about substance abuse, particularly foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, within Indigenous communities in Australia. Olive's devotion to the preservation and sharing of Indigenous language and culture, and her love of music and poetry, shine in this remarkable autobiography.
Number of Pages: 108
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs, Composers + Musicians
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Kankawa Nagarra Olive Knight & Terri-Ann White
Street Date: December 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-7145
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