Living on Stolen Land
Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present’. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly original way. It pulls apart the myths at the heart of our nationhood, and challenges Australia to come to terms with its own past and its place within and on ‘Indigenous Countries’.
This title speaks to many First Nations’ truths; stolen lands, sovereignties, time, decolonisation, First Nations perspectives, systemic bias and other constructs that inform our present discussions and ever-expanding understanding. This title is a timely, thought-provoking and accessible read.
There is no part of this place
that was not
by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nation
There are no trees
that were not
This is a timely and significant read. Ambelin Kwaymullina offers the reader a chance to “walk in someone else’s shoes,” to hear views and perspectives that are not often heard in the dominant Settler culture. It is a moving read in a stream of conscientiousness style prose that has a voice that demands to be heard, to be listened to.
“Ask How Not What” (p58)
ask what can be done
to support Indigenous peoples
But there are many “whats”
The only people who can can tell you
Which ones are right
For which homelands
Are the sovereign Indigenous peoples
It is for them to say
What’s right for them
What’s right for their Country…..
These are powerful poems, Carol. It’s always best of history is understood through several different pairs of eyes, including those who always lived in a place. I’ve always thought that schoolkids should read things written by a variety of different people, so they can get a broad perspective on things that have happened. This sounds like an engaging, informative, and powerful way to look at some of the Aboriginal perspectives.