The Sun Dancin': People and Place in Coonabarabran

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Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages
History of Forky Mountain Reserve Burrabeedee Mission from the 1880s until people left under the influence of the assimilation policy of the 1950s; history of place told through histories of four women; Janet Robinson, May Mead , Marie Dundas, Maureen Sulter, three of whom are great -granddaughters of Mary Jane Cain, Queen of Burrabeedee; archaeological record of the area and womens knowledge and reaction to archaeological studies; contact history; place names and remnant language knowledge; biography of Mary Jane Cain based on oral history, memories and records; memories of Forky Mountain Reserve; missionaries; life on mission; movement to towns after mission closed; Burrabeedee today and discussion by women on what should happen to the site, particularly the cemetery.

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An excellent book. A great snapshot at Coonabarabran's Aboriginal history. Based at Burra Bee Dee, Forky Mountain, it features the stories of a group of women who grew up and had connections to Burra Bee Dee, and the great matriarch, Granny (Mary Jane) Cain. It gives a personalised background to the story of Burra Bee Dee, and is very informative. It is based off a similar book written by one of the authors, Margaret Sommerville, on a settlement out of Walcha called Ingelbah, which featured 5 known ladies of that settlement. That book is titled 'Ingelba and the five black matriarchs'.  

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Gale Professor of Law, professor in Faculty of Medecine, founding director of McGill Centre for Medecine, Ethics, and Law at McGill University, Canada

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