by Peter McConchie - £41.99 Cambridge University Press (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780521539241 | ISBN 10: 0521539242
This is an important book. Its content is unlike any other.
It comes from Australian Indigenous leaders and speaks of their traditional and contemporary ways of living. Elders is a series of chapters authored by clan and tribal leaders from around Australia. Each chapter describes an important aspect of contemporary Indigenous life, and the Elders speak on behalf of their clans - explaining what rituals they hold to, what understandings of the world they have. They speak about subjects such as healing, the land, hunting, gathering, family, law and lore, spirit, the sea, ceremony and song.
The book's transcript was recorded by Peter McConchie, who has travelled to the far reaches of the continent to listen and to record what Elders have to say to us all. They speak simply and with power, and his visually stunning photography supports their words.
Elders is a book that will appeal to the widest possible audience. It is the most representative account of Aboriginal people's lives, culture and beliefs in book form.
(Price & availability last checked: April 2018)