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Old Man's Story : The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie (Paperback) (Mark Lang)

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Known as “Old Man” in this book, Bill Neidjie wanted to record aspects of his life for a younger generation of Gagadju, to help them look after their country and remember its stories, as well as forbalanda, or non-Aboriginal people. Bill is perhaps best known for being central to the opening up of his land, which led to the creation of the world heritage–listed Kakadu National Park and for recommending it be leased to the Commonwealth Government for it to be a resource for all Australians. Told in his own words, this beautifully nuanced, impressionistic account allows Neidjie to gently emphasize the issues of importance to him. Neidjie’s words are complemented by Mark Lang’s beautiful landscape photos. Structured in the cycle of the seasons, Old Man’s story provides readers with insights into the annual transformation of landscape that are so integral to his life story. This book is a powerful contribution to the history of northern Australia told by an iconic figure, and includes tales about many aspects of Aboriginal life and culture. Recognizing that he was the last remaining speaker of Gagadju language, Neidjie broke with tradition and committed his knowledge to print.
Known as Old Man? in this book, but often called Big Bill Neidjie? throughout his life because of his imposing height and strength, Bill Neidjie wanted to record aspects of his life for a younger generation of Gagadju, to help them look after their country and remember its stories and for balanda, non-Aboriginal people. Told in the old man?s words, this beautifully nuanced, impressionistic account allows Neidjie to gently emphasise the issues of importance to him. Old man?s story has a very personal inflection with Neidjie?s words complemented by Lang?s beautiful landscape photos. Structured in the cycle of the seasons, Old man?s story provides readers with insights into the annual trans-formation of landscape that are so integral to Neidjie?s life story. Old Man?s story contains many tales of growing up on country. Neidjie always emphasised his passion for the land and the significance of traditional practices, hoping that culture would flourish and be passed on. The book is a powerful contribution to the history of northern Australia told by an iconic figure. Bill Neidjie is perhaps best known for being central to the opening up of his land which led to the creation of the world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park and for recommending it be leased to the Commonwealth Government for it to be managed as a resource for all Australians. Old Man?s story includes tales about many aspects of Aboriginal life and culture. Recognising that he was the last remaining speaker of Gaagudju language, Neidjie broke with tradition and committed his knowledge to print. This is his third book.
Number of Pages: 200
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Mark Lang
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2015
TCIN: 23987871
UPC: 9781922059949
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-5726
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