â€™White Australians talk about the â€śAboriginal problemâ€ť. The first this is to define the issue facing us non-Aboriginals. Is it an Aboriginal problem at all? I would suggest not. The problem is ours ...â€™
So starts Veronica Brady as she seeks the road to reconciliation. But how can there be true and lasting reconciliation if we non-Aboriginals do not understand our historical and cultural assumptions?
Why is reconciliation with Australiaâ€™s Aborigines so peculiarly hard for the countryâ€™s white population? Veronica Brady asks how it is that we failed to understand the peoples whose land we occupied. Why have we found it so difficulty to recognise Aborigines as human beings with skills, wisdom and history very different to ours but equally valid.
Brady explores these issues by looking at the attitudes, hopes and fears we brought with us, and the ways in which these show themselves in fiction from early days to contemporary works like Oscar and Lucinda and My Place.
Table of Contents
â€śDeemed unjustifiable by some . . . â€ť
All things in their imagined counterparts
â€śIf you break the mirror . . . â€ť
The new Heaven and the new Earth
â€śThe Captain feels most dreadfully chagrined . . . â€ť
â€śThe mortal wound . . .â€ť
People in glass churches . . .
â€śTruer than truth itselfâ€ť
â€śWhere are you riding to, Master?â€ť
â€śIt is where we are woundedâ€ť