Synopses & Reviews
This finely textured ethnography weaves written texts with the voices of women and men who struggle to protect their sacred sites. It provides a deeper understanding of lives profoundly affected by two centuries of colonization.
In the 1980s, Diane Bell's Daughters of the Dreaming brought the richness of Central Australian Aboriginal women's religious lives into sharp focus: women had sacred sites, songs, and rituals. Women were to be included in land claims and law reform. In Ngarindjerri Wurruwarrin, She presents a finely textured ethnographic portrait of a very different Aboriginal culture. Or is it? Missionaries and assimilation have taken their toll. Anthropolo-gists have written of the Ngarrindjeri in the past tense; only memory remains. Diane Bell finds otherwise.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 647-672) and index.