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Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Rex Graham, a part-Aboriginal student of anthropology, is searching for his own indigenous ancestral history: customs, language and dreamtime legends. Due to a lifetime bond to his Aboriginal grandmother, he is enlightened after her passing, when he discoverers the key to his lost people’s history and traditional history: preserved in artwork bequeathed to him on her death ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Xlibris Au
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Carolyn
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Book Buzz, for this ARC, a magical tale which transported me to Aboriginal life and land years before European arrival. This is mainly a work of fiction, but through the author’s research and empathy for traditional native culture and connection with the landscape and nature, she brilliantly portrays what Aboriginal life must have been like centuries ago.

With her vivid imagination, she took me to another, ancient land. I found this an enjoyable read, but not for everyon
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Etienne
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I respect the message and the community that this book try to put on front, but it wasn’t enough to make it a good book. I find the message, the opinion, to be too evident, too easy to see behind the story, we don’t even see the story, we just see the opinion of the author, almost like an essay badly camouflage through a story. The writing isn’t that good either and unfortunately I didn’t like reading it. Too bad!
Aimee Ann
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jenni Barnett’s riveting historical fiction novel, Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries, takes us, adventurous readers, on a spiritual journey unlocking the mystery of Rex Graham’s ancestral aboriginal heritage! Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries by Jenni Barnett is a remarkably educational novel with a compelling narrative that will captivate all readers. I found myself enthralled in the extensive research paramount in Native Companions: Dreamtime Mysteries. Jenni Barnett brings the rich ...more
Molly
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of myth and personal adventure
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout
an Aboriginal mythic history / personal dream walking history for one man - a student of Anthropology.

His link to his family, his tribe, his Gran - and to the mythical entities form the land his people have tended for millennia.

A telling of story and history, and connections intimate and personal.

Colorful, vibrant and magic laced.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tanya
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely read with tales about the natives who lived in Australia before they were invaded by white people. See how they deal with their tales

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Mandy
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a worthy but for me not an enjoyable read. It begins with a young Australian anthropologist Rex Graham bidding a final farewell to his much-loved dying Aboriginal grandmother as he promises to continue with his doctorate exploring his family origins. He sets off on his quest and after falling asleep under a tree seems to hear his grandmother telling him tales about the dreamtime legends of the Booran people. There’s a lot of well-researched information here and the book is indeed informa ...more
Jan
I confess to knowing almost nothing about the peoples of Australia before the English came (for reference, mine came to the US from Eastern Europe before WW1). On the other hand, I have an addiction to works published by Charles River Editors so that probably explains why I enjoyed this work. I always find the similarities of myths and legends around the globe very fascinating. This work is somewhat more academic than others, but I think that it is best read in segments rather than cover to cove ...more
Michaelann Dahlman
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have been really struggling to read this book. I have read stories about the Dreamtime before & also Native American vision quests. I thought I had an idea of what it would be like, but I am finding it to be incredibly dry, boring & tiresome to read. Perhaps for me part of it is the descriptions, since I am not familiar with Australian flora & fauna. So, I can't really relate to or visualize these plants & animals. I haven't completely finished the book yet, but my review is ru ...more
Laidee Chambers
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always looking for suitable books for our year 9 to 12 students. This entertaining Australian pre European Aboriginal series ticks all the boxes. I would love to see it included in the school curriculum. The parents and students in my class love it.
Rebecca Hill
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and the stories contained within. This book is one of those that is needing to be labeled a MUST READ for the year.
Open the book and fall back into these stories - you will NOT be disappointed
Dr Leafeater
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mind boggling movie material. How come this book isnt A listed?
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Jenni Barnett was born and raised in South Australia. During her college education at Glenelg, the author developed an interest in archaeology and indigenous societies. Further to an extensive nursing career, Jennifer embarked on studies in traditional medicine with which she is still involved.

As a registered Traditional Western and Chinese Medicine practitioner, the author has done considerable r
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