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This is an important book, whose content is unlike any other. It is about indigenous peoples and their traditional and contemporary ways of living. Elders is a series of chapters authored by tribal elders from around Australia. Each chapter describes an important aspect of contemporary tribal life, and the elder speaks on behalf of his or her tribe - explaining what rituals they hold to, what understandings of the world they have. They talk about subjects such as The Land, The Sea, Spirit, Law, Family, Healing, Ceremony, Song, and Hunting. Peter McConchie has travelled to the far corners of the continent to listen and record what elders have to say. They speak simply and movingly, and visually stunning photography supports their words. Elders is a book to appeal to the widest possible audience. It is the most representative account of Aboriginal people's lives, culture and beliefs in book form.
Peter McConchie is an internationally renowned professional photographer who has spent much of his working life travelling the world. Since returning to his native Australia in 1997 he has devoted himself to working within indigenous culture and the environment. His previous books include Yolngu Mali: Aboriginal Spirit and Australia - Beyond Any Price.
Release date NZ
July 8th, 2003
Photographs by Peter McConchie
Country of Publication
29 colour illus. 1 map
Cambridge University Press
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