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by Moriarty, Ros

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TitleListening to Country : a journey to the heart of what it means to belong
Author / Responsible partyMoriarty, Ros
GenreAutobiography, Sociology.
TopicsAutobiography, Sociology. Yanyuwa (Australian people) -- Social life and customs. Women, Aboriginal Australian -- Social life and customs. Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs. Tanami Desert (N.T.) -- Social life and customs.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


The moving and personal story of one woman's journey into the remote and rugged Tanami Desert with the matriarchs of her husband's family. Shortlisted for both The Age Book of the Year and The Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award '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. So begins the intimate diary of Ros Moriarty, a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, as she takes an emotional journey across country and culture to the Northern Territory's Tanami Desert with Annie and the other matriarchs of her husband's Aboriginal family to perform ceremony. Full of warmth and honesty, Listening to Country opens a rare and vivid window to the voices, humour and strength of these remarkable Law women of the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. It reveals the human relationships and philosophical insights which enable them to transcend the heartbreaking material poverty, illness and increasing violence of their community, to live life with astonishing happiness and purpose. Listening to Country is an uplifting tribute to them and a celebration of love, family and belonging.

Additional Information

System control numberS14618
Original Print PublisherCrows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
NarratorNarrated by Jane Gibbs and recorded by Kerry Fasolo.
Narrator NameNarrated by Jane Gibbs and recorded by Kerry Fasolo.
Participant or performer noteNarrated by Jane Gibbs and recorded by Kerry Fasolo.