Volume 6: Reading Australian Indigenous Texts 2 (2005)

This issue completes the collection of essays on Indigenous cultural production introduced in the previous issue. It features a number of discussions of storytelling focussing, in the case of Somerville and Perkins, on the collaborative practice of storytelling exchange in a massacre story. Van den Berg looks at the functions of story-telling in indigenous communities and Ravell looks at the Moore River experience in life stories by van den Berg and Pilkington. Fielder examines Kim Scott’s fiction and collaborative life story work and Miller reads Unaipon’s life and literary work in the context of mimicry and whiteness. Webb and Mackinlay read the performance of song in urban and rural environments.


John Fielder, Country and Connections: An Overview of the Writing of Kim Scott:
Rosemary van den Berg, Aboriginal Storytelling and Writing:
Ben Miller, Confusing Epistemologies: Whiteness, Mimicry and Assimilation in David Unaipon’s ‘Confusion of Tongue’:
Elizabeth Mackinlay, ‘For our mother’s song we sing’: Yanyuwa Aboriginal women’s narratives of experience, memory and emotion:
Julia Ravell, A Place in the Past: Pilkington and van den Berg on the Moore River Settlement:
Hugh Webb, Say Goodbye to the Colonial Bogeyman: Aboriginal Strategies of Resistance:
Margaret Somerville, (Re)membering in the Contact Zone: Telling, and Listening to, a Massacre Story:

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