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The Resource Black swan : a koorie woman's life, Carolyn Landon & Eileen Harrison

Black swan : a koorie woman's life, Carolyn Landon & Eileen Harrison

Label
Black swan : a koorie woman's life
Title
Black swan
Title remainder
a koorie woman's life
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Landon & Eileen Harrison
Title variation
Black swan
Title variation remainder
a koorie womans life
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'It's bad luck to catch a black swan.' Eileen Harrison grew up at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission Station in the 1950s as one of eleven children in a tight-knit and loving family. When the new assimilation policy comes in, they are wrenched from the Mission and sent off to Ararat in the hope that they will become part of that community. Unable to build a stable life in the face of isolation and discrimination, the family is torn apart. Eileen must become the protector and the peacemaker. As a child, Eileen set free a black swan caught in a hessian bag. Now the story of the magical black swan from her childhood provides an uncanny map for her life as she struggles to find her path. After many years she discovers her talent as a painter and builds a new life for herself. Powerfully told in Eileen's words, her experiences speak eloquently of what has happened to Aboriginal people over the last half-century. 'Both heart-wrenching and hopeful, Eileen Harrison's story demonstrates that while policies of assimilation may have taken families from country and community, they could never take the memories that kept them connected.' - Dr Anita Heiss, award-winning author and activist
Summary
A memoir and biography of Eileen Harrison, an indigenous Australian (Kurnai) artist, this book was written as a cooperative effort between Harrison and Landon, a historian. Eileen tells about growing up in a large tight-knight family during the 1950s which was torn apart in the 1960s as a result of the new assimilation policy. Eileen, who is deaf, struggles to make her way and to protect her siblings after her parents' deaths. The book includes family photos as well as photographs and interpretations of Harrison's art. Distributed by IPG. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Biography type
autobiography
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10014889
Cataloging source
VFRK
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Landon, Carolyn
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1945-
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Landon, Carolyn
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True
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  • Harrison, Eileen
  • Women artists, Aboriginal Australian
  • Children, Aboriginal Australian
  • Women, Aboriginal Australian
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Victoria
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a koorie woman's life
Label
Black swan : a koorie woman's life, Carolyn Landon & Eileen Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Note
A frank and powerful memoir of the life of an Aboriginal woman, from her early years on the Lake Tyers mission to discovery of her talent as a painter
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-238)
Control code
000047087051
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 238 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781742375533
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)715170998
Label
Black swan : a koorie woman's life, Carolyn Landon & Eileen Harrison
Publication
Note
A frank and powerful memoir of the life of an Aboriginal woman, from her early years on the Lake Tyers mission to discovery of her talent as a painter
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-238)
Control code
000047087051
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 238 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781742375533
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)715170998

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