By A. Monchamp
This e-book stocks and analyses the tales of Opal, a senior Alyawarra girl. via her tales the reader glimpses the tough colonial realities which many Aboriginal Australians have confronted, highlighting the cultural embeddedness of autobiographical reminiscence from a philosophical, mental and anthropological viewpoint.
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Ah, so you walk up the dry riverbed and there are soaks in there? And I been liven here longa’ bore. Yeah, long time take people to drink them soakage. And we been come here and live longa’ bore now. Every bore, big camp living longa’ number 9-4. Number 9-4, where is that at? [points in the direction of the bore] Up North? He can go there, meet up, big camp. Get the riffle and shoot ’em kangaroo and you get the gun. Dotty can shoot. Dotty can shoot? Yeah. I can shoot too. Me and Dotty will have to go out and shoot cans.
She says in the story We walked up: We been come up from that Beantree that river where you been swimin’. 48 Autobiographical Memory in an Aboriginal Australian Community And: Had a big camp long we, we go long Lake Nash. In the story No tea: Just camp along here. Come up along Lake Nash. We never been have ’em billy-can, nothing. And: We come up right along Urandangi. Urandangi where old people been campen’. Old people look at us and go away again. In these uses of the term ‘we’ she does not indicate at all who else is included in its deployment, and hence it is up to the listener to know other details that will make sense of these uses of the plural pronoun.
And there was no town here then? Just camp along here. Come up along Lake Nash. We never been have ’em billy-can, nothing. Anne: No billy-can. Opal: No cup. Anne: No cup. Opal: Just drink ’em one billy-can kwaty. Anne: kwaty – digging water? Opal: No apmer nothing. Anne: So you just walk along till you find a place with good tucker and camp there for a couple days, a week. Opal: One day. Anne: Just one day then you move on to the next place. Opal: Never been think about cook tea. Anne: No. Opal: Liven’ out bush.