‘This big land, Australia. It’s big enough for everyone!’ calls Annie Karrakayn across the pre-dawn campfire to the other Law women stirring from the perfect quiet of a still, desert night. ‘Strong Dreamin’,’ she whispers.
This intimate look at a journey across the country and across cultures is a delight to read. Ros Moriarty, cofounder of Balarinji designs, shares her journey, through her married life, to an Aboriginal man with strong ties to his land and people in the Northern Territory, through their business life together, and also through her sharing a journey with her husband’s matriarchal relatives to perform ceremony. These three journeys are intertwined and revealed side by side.
Moriarty’s style enables the reader to share her discoveries about herself and her husband’s people in a way which uplifts and inspires. Listening to Country is a book which calls readers to listen.
Listening to Country, by Ros Moriarty
Allen & Unwin, 2010
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