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Down the Hole Up the Tree Across the Sandhills... by Edna Tantjingu Williams
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Heart breaking. Heart shattering. Just as it ought to be. A really great, and effective, story of the realities of the Stolen Generations.

It's a book that merits re-reading, partially because the words and story are so captivating that I kept forgetting to look at the illustrations (which are also beautiful and painful. Sepia-toned, Western style, watercolour on canvas I'm pretty sure.)

Language is used on each page, and on the side of the page are pronunciation aids. The words come from Yankunytjatjara, Kokatha and Matutjara, which are related languages.

There are five pages of author information, background, and further language notes at the end of the book. It is a beautiful book and really ought to be considered a classic. It's a pity that I'd never heard of it and only really stumbled over it while shelving.

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09/28/2009 page 20
09/29/2009 page 48
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