Listening between the lines
Can oral history preserve the knowledge people previously held in stories, songs, songlines and art?
Some Northern Territory elders are concerned that their knowledge can no longer be transferred by traditional means, and are using collaborative writing processes to preserve their culture for the future.
Senior Arrernte woman Margaret Heffernan has written her memoir Gathering sticks: Lighting up small fires (IAD Press) in collaboration with Gerard Waterford and Frances Coughlan.
James Gaykamangu is a Yolgnu man from Milingimbi, East Arnhemland. He is an artist, as well as a speaker on cultural knowledge. His book Striving To Bridge the Chasm: My cultural learning journey, was written with collaboration from Penny Taylor.
Meanwhile writers from the Western tradition also face difficulties in writing Northern Territory history. Charlie Ward wrote A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle after the Walk-off using a variety of sources including one hundred interviews.
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