Flight of the Kingfisher: A Journey among the Kukatja Aborigines

Flight of the Kingfisher: A Journey among the Kukatja Aborigines

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Life in the Great Sandy Desert of WA

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The Kukatja live closely and unselfconsciously in a natural environment, believing that the land does not belong to them but that they belong to the land. The author stayed among the Aboriginal community of Wirrumanu ('the flight of the king¬fisher') at Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia, surrounded by the mesmerizing, timeless red sands.

For the Kukatja, the great red interior is like an open-air cathedral, full of a sense of sacredness. Monica Furlong explores the Aboriginals' feelings, hopes, fears and, especially, their spiritual beliefs - once scorned by Westerners, but now seen to be remarkable for their closeness to the natural world. For the author her time in the desert is also a personal quest. Affected as if by a drug by the vast, untouched inner spaces of Australia, she begins to rethink her attitudes to time and death and silence, to learn to 'sit still' as the Aborigines do, without guilt or anxiety.

Flight of the Kingfisher is a rare blend of travel, auto¬biography and spiritual anthropology which delves sensitively into Aboriginal culture and provides a fascinating portrait through 'civilized' Western eyes. Soft cover, 178pgs, notes, index. As new. .

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Short Description Life in the Great Sandy Desert of WA
Weight (g) 152.0000
Author Monica Furlong
Publisher Flamingo
Date Published 1997
ISBN 0 00 638125 1
Size 197mm x 130mm

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