Malloonkai, by Donald Stuart - Aboriginal History - HB/DJ

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Malloonkai
by Donald Sturt


This book is in good second hand condition.  Moderate wearing to the cover, in particular board edges.  Light wearing to dustjacket.

Published by Georgian House, First Edition 1976, 202 pages.

Blurb:

In Ilbarana, published in 1971, Donald Stuart wrote of the special riches of the aboriginal tribal life, tracing the career of Ilbarana from the cradle through the traditional ceremonies to full manhood.  The novel ended with the dry crack of a rifle as Ilbarana died at the hands of white men to whom he had never spoken, let alone lifted a spear; died while dreaming of welcoming them to his country and showing them its delights.

Malloonkai, the story of Ilbarana’s son, tells the growing confusion of identity, property and life-style among the aboriginal people as the white man begins to use them and their land in his alien way.  We see the young men tempted by the easy road to distinction presented by knowledge of the white skills – riding, roping, branding – and we see the elders threatened by the fact that they are too old to be useful to the white man.  Still, though, there is the way of the People, the ceremonies, the secret life.  Malloonkai lives both, working on the station but still from time to time pursuing spiritual growth after the custom of his forefathers.


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