What do the artistic works of acclaimed author Tim Winton and eminent Ngarinyin lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai have in common?
According to Hannah Rachel Bell, they both reflect a sacred relationship with the natural world, the biological imperative of a male rite of passage, an emergent urban tribalism, and the fundamental role of story in the transmission of cultural knowledge.
In Bell's four-decade friendship with Mowaljarlai, she had to confront the cultural assumptions that sculpted her way of seeing. The journey was life changing.
When she returned to teaching in 2001, Tim Winton's novels featured in the curriculum. She recognised and eerie familiarity between his works and those of Mowaljarlai, and thought Winton must have been influenced by traditional elders to express such an 'indigenous' perspective. She wrote him, and the result is four years of correspondence and an excavation of converging world views - exposed through personal memoir, letters, paintings and conversations - culminating in Storymen.
About the Author
Hannah Rachel Bell's four-decade friendship with Mowaljarlai and the Ngarinyin has produced far-sighted co-cultural initiatives in education, publication and cultural tourism. An activist for sustainable cultural, social and economic relationships, Hannah now writes full-time from her home in rural Victoria.
'David Mowaljalai embodied 60,000 years of culture that is of this country where we try to make our home. He was a bridge. He always knew this, and always treated black and white the same. One day he will be seen as the man who carried Aboriginal wisdom into the Australia of the future, the Elder of us all. Tim Winton listened to this voice. Hannah Rachel Bell knew it needed to be written down, and shared. Storymen is a heck of a book.' Steve Biddulph, leading psychologist and best-selling author of titles including Raising Boys and Manhood
|List of Illustrations||viii|
|Characters and Country||p. 2|
|Law in nature||p.109|
|Male Rite of Passage||p.169|
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Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 4th November 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 18.2 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.784