By Kevin Keeffe
Sharing the tale of Patrick Dodson's existence and awesome relations background, this can be the chronicle of 1 kin, the biography of 1 guy, and a strong narrative of an Australian lifestyles. From the instant of colonization within the Kimberleys to the period of local name, from pearling to pastoralism, via missions and associations, this Aboriginal relations has survived an uncaring and intrusive kingdom system—a heritage that formed an exceptional existence and a dedication to reconciliation.
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What they know can never be found again. For me, I was just away so long. When I came back here to live, he was getting on and there was so much I wished I had asked him. In his later years it was like he was on another plane of existence, getting ready to go back to the country. He would sing quietly in Yawuru, accompanying himself on the boomerangs and I would wonder at all the things going through his mind. ’ When Patrick spoke of his mother’s father, as we started work on this book, the talk would drift.
My parents had no say in that, it was Government policy. The police could take away any Aboriginal child with bits of colour in them, any kid with a bit of white blood in them. If they were taken away, it was often the last time their parents and relations saw them. It was a very bad thing! When it looked like the younger brother and I were going to be taken away as well, our parents got talking and decided that they weren’t going to part with us. So, whenever a police party came out to Mt. That’s why I’m able to speak my own people’s language and several other languages.
20 While there was frequent and significant interaction with other Aboriginal people in the region, the lives of the Yawuru were mostly free of external intrusion and imposed control. The Yawuru would need to struggle in the future to hold on to their lands and their obligations under the Bugarigarra. The chronicle of the voyage was kept by John Stokes who wrote, ‘our intercourse has been necessarily of the most limited character’. 21 Searching for water, one of the officers was accidentally shot by another and left a pair of pistols behind him.