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WINNER – 1996 WA Premier's Book of the Year Award and Historical & Critical Studies category
The true story of the Aboriginal resistance fighter, Jandamarra, whose legend is etched into the Australian landscape. Set in the Kimberley outback during the late nineteenth century, the last stage of Australia's invasion is played out in the lands of the Bunuba people. Leases are marked across Aboriginal country and, amidst the chaos and turmoil, extraordinary and sometimes contradictory relationships develop. A powerful collaboration between a non-Indigenous historian and the Indigenous custodians of the Jandamarra story.
"Jandamarra died on his own soil defending his country. A true Australian hero. His story has it all - blood, betrayal, sex, war, family, mateship and magic; history that speaks to the present day. Howard Pedersen gives us the broad sweep and the close up, puts us into the times right at the turning points. It's a page turner."