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Ingelba and the Five Black Matriarchs

By (author) Patsy Cohen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
Published: 1st Apr 1990
Dimensions: w 138mm h 216mm
Weight: 361g
ISBN-10: 0044421478
ISBN-13: 9780044421474
Barcode No: 9780044421474
Synopsis
This is the story of Patsy Cohen, a woman who discovered her Aboriginal identity at the age of nine. It is also the story of Ingelba, a once thriving Aboriginal community. The book describes Patsy's discovery of her Aboriginal identity on her return to her grandparents at Ingelba, a place of considerable importance to the Aboriginal people and now a deserted mission, and the original home of five matriarchs through whom most of the Armidale Aboriginal people trace their kin networks. Through interviews with the grand-daughters of the five matriarchs and the older Aboriginal men and women of Ingelba, Patsy Cohen and Margaret Somerville have created an account of the lives of apparently urbanized Aboriginal men and women and the means through which they maintain a sense of distinctive Aboriginal identity. Using transcriptions of oral material maintained in its original form to preserve Aboriginal meanings, together with old and new photographs and an interlinking explanatory commentary, this collective work is woven together to provide a celebration of Patsy Cohen's Aboriginal past. Using transcriptions of oral material maintained in its original form to preserve Aboriginal meanings, together with old and new photographs and an interlinking explanatory commentary, this collective work is woven together to provide a moving celebration of Patsy Cohen's Aboriginal past. "Patsy Cohen is a black Australian woman. Margaret Somerville teaches in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of New England, Australia.". This book is intended for students and researchers in Aboriginal studies, anthropology and Australian studies.

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