Truth Telling by Henry Reynolds 2021 ISBN 9781742236940
Henry Reynolds is probably a most renowned academic, a prolific writer and educator on Australian History and Indigenous culture. The book is compelling and so readable that I believe it to be the most useful tool for social change that we have had to date. His work is timely in following the Uluru Statement, particularly emphasising Makarata, the coming together after a struggle.
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by Kim Scott - Described as a masterful novel on the frontier of truth telling. Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place; the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and clense some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations. But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.
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