y Narrative Witness 2 anthology   poetry   essay  
Alternative title: Narrative Witness: Indigenous Peoples, Australia-United States

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Writing Workshop Facilitator;Jennifer Elise Forester- Writing Workshop Facilitator;William Wilson - Photography Workshop Facilitator

Samantha Nissen - Exchange Coordinator and Lila Cutter - Undergraduate Research Fellow and Exchange Assistant

Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'In fall 2015, 32 indigenous writers and photographers living in Australia and the United States came together in an online exchange to create fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography centered on the theme of "narrative witness." Led by writing and photography workshop facilitators, the group work shopped their photo essays and texts online over the course of two months. ...'


* Contents derived from the Iowa,
United States of America (USA),
2016 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Gillard and Guacamole, Timmah Ball , 2014 single work non-fiction
'I see him in the art theory section of Powell's Books and look away, surprised that I’m a little nervous. He’s holding a children’s storybook, and I wonder what his family is like, imagining he’s in rush to get home. I start to turn, but he catches my gaze. We hardly spoke over the weekend, but regularly found ourselves sitting next to each other at the social practice gathering his MFA students organized. We start talking; I ask him about his lecture and explain that I’m looking for books by Julie Ault and other community artists. He takes me to another aisle, and we chat easily. ...'
Shut/Mouth/Scream, Brenda Croft , 2014 single work essay
'‘Your mouth’ (silver gelatin proof) is the earliest image I have sourced of my grandmother, a proof sheet from the archives of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide in the Cecil J. Hackett Collection. Hackett was a doctor who studied diseases among Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and my grandmother was one of his subjects. ...'
Today I Walked for My Motheri"Today I walked for my mother", Brenda Croft , 2014 single work poetry
Maiem (Welcome), Samantha Faulkner , 2014 single work fiction (unclassified)
'Sally drank the coffee too quickly, she realized as she felt the warmth in her throat. It smelt great, the comforting pleasurable aroma followed by the sharp pain. She needed that coffee, though, to wake up quickly as she had been up to the early hours of the morning, chatting to her family and friends and stressing about what to pack. ...'
Some Burned. Some Danced. Some Moved On., Jenny Fraser , 2014 single work essay
'Pictured shortly before the uprising of the autonomous State of Bama Land circa 2015, we can see the differing responses to the split, from separate citizen groups at the time. Some burned, some danced, some moved on. They say Bama leaders of the Far North in Queensland were fed up with seeing few of the benefits of the wealth generated in the engine room of the North, which instead were being redirected to the state's population-heavy southeast. ...'
Dirt Childi"the slap;", Samia Goudie , 2014 single work poetry
My Inheritance of Humour, Angelina Hurley , 2014 single work non-fiction
'"Talk about laugh!" Every time I hear this from an aunty or cousin, usually accompanied by a raucous laugh, I know that a hilarious yarn is to follow. My mob use this phrase to precede a funny story. It’s not just the content that makes my family's stories funny. It’s the way my mob tells them. The language my cousins use, the accompanying theatrical gestures of my aunties and uncles – the performances that have audiences hypnotised with enjoyment, titillation and laughter. Exuding a natural ability that can outshine the best comedians, they combine a set of perfectly timed ingredients that produce the best type of laughter. The kind that makes your belly ache and your eyes flood with happy tears. ...'
The Owl and the Hollow Bone Hunter, Sharon Mununggurr , 2014 single work non-fiction
Life in Mindingu, Sylvia Nakachi , 2014 single work fiction (unclassified)
'It was the June July season here in Mindingu the days are always hot and dry. This time of the year, the dry wind blows more frequently throughout the community. The howling winds carry all those dark reddish brown dust through the community, sometimes in small wind pools the winds swirl and spin onto those freshly scented laundry. Washings are always affected during this time of the year, sometimes the dust settles heavily on the fresh washing leaving evidence of red tinges, as if someone had sprinkled heaps of salty plum powder over the washing. ...'
Note: http://www.iwpcollections.org/nw2-sylvia-nakachi
Illusionary Equilubrum of An Aboriginal Mind, Wayne Quilliam , 2014 single work essay
'Evoking a myriad of emotive commentaries through photographic tactile plasticity becomes redundant when relating to Indigenous perceptions. Is my cultural influence pure, am I challenging the myths of a people frozen in time, is the visual narrative a confronting commentary, does the work deconstruct the ideology of an ancient culture evolving in contemporary society? Whilst the physical images conjure a conceptual environment in which primeval connotations are challenged, have I categorised the advancement of civilisation and with that a prescriptive view that isolates, divides and perpetuates the myth of what I am attempting to narrate? ...'
Indetermination - Spirit Flowi"I feel at home in the rainforest, walking amoungst the cool damp trees, smelling the mustiness", Rona Scherer , 2014 single work poetry
Indetermination - Sentinels, Rona Scherer , 2014 single work essay
'When my Grandfather was small, he was playing in the rainforest of Far North Queensland on Mamu country. All the little Murri (Aboriginal people from Queensland) children, jumping from rock to rock, chasing each other, filling the dense jungle with their childish squeals of joy, watched by guardians. ...'
Indetermination - Approachi"It moves noiselessly into place. So much so, I am tricked to think it's a mere play of light. Yet, it", Rona Scherer , 2014 single work poetry
Indetermination - Long Grassi"Lying in the long grass, it's safe down here.", Rona Scherer , 2014 single work poetry
Indetermination - Bushlandi"Black and white becomes gray", Rona Scherer , 2014 single work poetry
Territorial Encounters, James Tylor , 2014 single work essay
'Territorial Encounters is a series that explores the colonisation of South Australia, and more broadly, Australia. These daguerreotype photographs capture the South Australian coastline that was the last area of the Australian Continent that Europeans mapped. On the final completion of the Australian map by the British sailor Matthew Flinders. He laid claim to the entire Australian Continent for the British Empire. Flinders spent much of his time off the Coast of South Australia researching possible places with enough water supply that the British could use to build their colonies in South Australia. ...'
Mother's Disconnecti"Discord and disconnect", Alexis West , 2014 single work poetry

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y International Writing Program Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State , 2014 10179081 2014 website

    'The International Writing Program (IWP) is a unique conduit for the world's literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe, bringing international literature into classrooms, introducing American writers to other cultures through reading tours, and serving as a clearinghouse for literary news and a wealth of archival and pedagogical materials. This site, Collections from the IWP Experience, showcases the creative work developed through our Distance Learning, Between the Lines, and Fall Residency Programs. Funding for the IWP is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. ...'

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