Every Hill Got a Story

Every Hill Got a Story

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9781742709819
Men and Women of Central Australia and the Central Land Council
Compiled and Edited by Marg Bowman
2015
Paperback
263 pages
23.8cm x 29.2cm

Nyinanyi ngurangka _ being on country _ is not a "lifestylei choice but a hard won right, a spiritual and cultural duty, a constant battle, a source of happiness and opportunity and the meaning of life all at the same time.

From living off the land to negotiating their place in the digital age, Every Hill Got a Story is the first comprehensive history of Central AustraliaIs Aboriginal people, as told in their own words and their many languages.

Heartbreaking, funny and poignant, 127 eminent men and women remember surviving first contact, massacres and forced removals and resisting more than a century of top-down government policies. Their testimonies, some accessible as audio sound bites, paint a devastatingly honest picture of life and work on the missions, cattle stations and the fringes of towns. They speak eloquently of their struggle for self-determination and citizen rights such as health, housing, education and freedom from violence. The storytellers also celebrate winning back ownership of more than 410,000 square kilometres of their ancestral lands.

The Central Land Council (CLC) is a Commonwealth statutory authority governed by 90 elected Aboriginal delegates. The CLC has represented the interests of Aboriginal people in the southern half of the Northern Territory since 1975 against ongoing threats to their rights. It supports them to manage their land and to use income from it to strengthen their communities and to achieve their social, cultural and economic aspirations.