Down the Hole

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IAD Press, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 52 pages
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Back in the old days, people from the State came to steal children from their families and bring them up like white children. This story combines rhythmic Aboriginal-flavoured English with phrases in Yankunytjatjara to tell how the parents hid their children to keep them safe. Illustrated with evocative paintings. In the stark desert mining town of Coober Pedy when the government people came to take the fair-skinned Aboriginal children away they didn't always find them. They were 'down the hole up the tree across the sandhills...running from the State and Daisy Bates'. This beautifully illustrated children's picture book is a true story. Includes informative historical and cultural supplementary material.

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The illustrations capture golden scenes from Aboriginal peoples perspective of their children being stolen from them. They outsmarted authorities by hiding their little ones where ever they could. It is a tragic history explored in a sensitive, personal way. I enjoyed the deeper explanations at the end of the book to explain the background to the story. I am enthusiastic to share this story with Australia's next generation to foster empathy and unity.  

About the author (2000)

Eileen Wani Wingfield is of Aboriginal descent and has been a member of the Kokatha People's Committee and the Senior Aboriginal Women’s Council of Coober Pedy, a group formed to keep the culture alive.

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