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Banjo Clarke was an elder of the Kirrae Whurrong, a people of the Gunditjmara nation, and was a direct descendant of Queen Truganini. He was born in 1922 near Warrnambool, and by the time he passed away in March 2000 he was known and loved by thousands for his wisdom and compassion. Wisdom Man covers Banjo’s life from his childhood on a mission, through the grim years of t ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Penguin Global
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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You have to read this biography.
The story is well-written. And I did not put this book down many times because it was not engaging. It's just the horror that 1st Nations people have had to put up with, and still put up with.

There are many quotes in this book I'll revisit. This one particularly pertinent to people who are subjected to the psychiatric regime due to talking about intuition. (The psychiatric regime has been going on around the same amount of time as the abusive English invaders.) Pa
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Great bloke!! Still missing ya mate!!
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I get a little nervous when reviewing biographies/autobiographies as I feel like I am judging their life. Although something about Banjo Clarke's story struck me, and sounded like an interesting life was to be told. If I could describe Wisdom Man in one word it would be perseverance. He persevered through racism, death and the fight for his beloved bush. I really enjoyed learning about the intricacies of Aboriginal culture, their life in the bush, morals and thoughts towards the Earth an
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