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Listening to Country

Listening to Country

A journey to the heart of what it means to belong

by Ros Moriarty
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/09/2011
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Shortlisted for both The Age Book of the Year and The Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award

'This big land, Australia. It's big enough for everyone!' calls Annie Karrakayn across the pre-dawn campfire to the other Law women stirring from the perfect quiet of a still, desert night. 'Strong Dreamin' ' she whispers.

So begins the intimate diary of Ros Moriarty, a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, as she takes an emotional journey across country and culture to the Northern Territory's Tanami Desert with Annie and the other matriarchs of her husband's Aboriginal family to perform ceremony.

Full of warmth and honesty, Listening to Country opens a rare and vivid window to the voices, humour and strength of these remarkable Law women of the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. It reveals the human relationships and philosophical insights which enable them to transcend the heartbreaking material poverty, illness and increasing violence of their community, to live life with astonishing happiness and purpose.

Listening to Country is an uplifting tribute to them and a celebration of love, family and belonging.
ISBN:
9781742378152
9781742378152
Category:
Indigenous peoples
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-09-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
197x128x19mm
Weight:
0.25kg
Ros Moriarty

Ros Moriarty, formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women's issues and the environment, has spent most of her professional life as creative and managing director of Australia's leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with her husband in 1983. Balarinji is best known for covering Qantas 747 aircraft in Indigenous art.

During 27 years of delivering groundbreaking projects, including the Emu Dreaming tutu for the Australian Ballet's 40th birthday and the Hands across the Land poster for the 2000 Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk for Reconciliation, the company has fostered the careers of Indigenous artists and designers from all over Australia, and has returned royalties to NT artists since 1995. Ros also co-founded the not-for-profit Nangala Project, which includes Indi Kindi early literacy education, and has won many awards for business and citizenship.

Author of a number of picture books for very young readers, the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, and an Indigenous colouring-in book, Colouring Country, Ros lives with her husband, John Moriarty, in her favourite city in the world, Sydney. They have three adult children.

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