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A Place Called Home: The Gunggari Struggle for Land: A Native Title Case Study by [Eckermann, Anne-Katrin, Nixon, Lynette]
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The Gunggari are an Aboriginal language and land owning group in S.W. Queensland. "A Place Called Home" chronicles this Indigenous group's struggle not only for Native Title and all that entails, but also for respect and recognition.

The Gunggari story is one of resilience and perseverance. Through colonisation, dispossession, exclusion and exploitation they retained identity, commitment to culture and land as well as to one another.

The Gunggari struggle began in the 1840s when S.W. Queensland was colonised. It was partially successful in 2011 and 2012 when they were granted Native Title to part of their ancestral land. The struggle continues, supported by Gunggari resilience and cultural vitality.

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  • File Size: 2574 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012UUSSSI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book describes the relentless struggle of the Gunggari people of SW Queensland over the past decades to claim back their land. The story as it unfolds, however, is about more than land. It is one of self-determination, sheer persistence and incredible patience. The authors, who have worked in partnership over many years, provide a comprehensive and compelling account of life for the Gunggari prior to colonisation, warfare and dispossession. It is a story of survival, resilience and cultural vitality. It highlights how difficult it is for colonised peoples to re-establish rights to the land that was stolen from them. It provides real insights into the challenges, power negotiations and compromises needed to achieve common goals. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about understanding the reality of Native Title in Australia.
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it is a good introduction into Gunggari culture and beliefs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Microcosm Of Australian Black-White History 22 April 2016
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The arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 changed the course of Australian Aboriginal history. For the next two hundred years in Australia a tragic and catastrophic history unfolded which for Aboriginal Australians was marked by constant warfare with the European invaders.

Aboriginal cultures of eastern Australia bore the full brunt of the British occupation of their lands and it was they who were the first to experience the dispossession of their cultures. What took place in eastern Australia was repeated throughout the continent. There was no discussion with Aboriginal people and tragedy continued to unfold throughout the continent.

Within this context, Eckermann and Nixon tell the story of the Gunggari - Aboriginal people of South West Queensland. They lived in and cared for the lands from the headwaters of the Maranoa River in the Chesterton Ranges to the junction of the Maranoa and the Balonne for centuries. The Europeans began to occupy the country about the mid 1850s. From this time on the Gunggari experienced dispossession, dislocation and disruption of their culture. In this clear, authoritative account the Gunggari story unfolds: the Gunggari culture before colonisation, their resistance to colonisation, and the Gunggari efforts to retain their land and culture.

This is a moving story which presents a microcosm of what characterised Australian black-white history over a period two hundred years. A great one sit and easy read which provides both an Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspective. Marji Hill

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