Magazine article New Internationalist

Full Circle by Edie Wright

Magazine article New Internationalist

Full Circle by Edie Wright

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There is no hint of defeatism in this title, no sense of merely ending up where you began. The full circle instead represents the unity and comprehensiveness of the rich, ancient tapestry of indigenous Australian kinship, land and culture and how this has survived decades of forced assimilation.

Edie Wright has compiled the stories of her family over three generations. She uses these oral histories to trace her family's connection with the remote Kimberley coast and re-establish ties with her Cape York people. Biography fleshes out the daily realities of living as aliens in your own land and provides insight into indigenous history over the entire 2oth century.

During three generations her family lived through no fewer than 40 different government acts and amendments, many of which were overwhelming in impact. …

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