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Singing Saltwater Country: Journey to the Songlines of Carpentaria

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John Bradley's compelling account of three decades living with the Yanyuwa people of the Gulf of Carpentaria and of how the elders revealed to him the ancient songlines of their Dreaming
At the age of 20 John Bradley was posted to Borroloola Primary School in the fragile wetlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Australia. There began a journey over three deca
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Roger
In 1980, John Bradley went to town of Borroloola in the Gulf country as a teacher. I imagine he had little inkling of what that decision would mean for the rest of his life, and that this book would come thirty years later. We find little in the book of John Bradley's life before he arrived, and of why he decided to go there in the first place, and it is to the benefit of the book as a whole that we don't.

What we do gain, through Bradley's experiences, are insights into the songlines, or kujika
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Periwinkle
I recently spent some time working in a remote community located on an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. I heard a little bit about songlines, but I didn't really understand the concept until I read this book. An interesting and worthwhile read! I always recommend this book to people who are interested in Indigenous culture.
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