y Mutant Message Down Under single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1991 1991
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Morgan believed she was being taken to an awards luncheon for her work with Aboriginal people when, sporting a fancy new suit, she climbed into a jeep and headed out of town. Hours later, she found herself at the edge of Australia's outback clad only in a thin shift, watching her possessions go up in flames. Her guides, telepathic and spiritually advanced descendants of a 50,000-year-old tradition, call themselves the "real people" and refer to Westerners as "mutants." Morgan's trek across the heart of Australia involved a series of increasingly revelatory and even miraculous occurrences. (Adapted from Trove)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Lees Summit, Missouri,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      MM Co. , 1991 .
      Extent: 165p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • On t.p. 'downunder' appears reversed and upside down.
      ISBN: 1883473004
Alternative title: Kuang ye de sheng yin : yi ge Meiguo fu ren zai Aozhou sha mo xin ling zhi lu
Language: Chinese
Notes:
English translation of the title: Sound from Wilderness

Works about this Work

Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
Writing White, Writing Black, and Events at Canoe Rivulet Catherine McKinnon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , October vol. 16 no. 2 2012;
'How a community imagines the past contributes to the shaping of its present culture; influences that community's vision for the future. Yet much about the past can be difficult to access, as it can be lost or hidden. Therefore, when retelling first contact stories, especially when the documentary information is limited to a colonial perspective, how might a writer approach fictionalizing historical Indigenous figures? 'Will Martin' (2011), a tale written as part of my practice-led PhD, is a fictional retelling of the eighteenth century sailing trip, taken along the New South Wales coast, by explorers Matthew Flinders, George Bass, and Bass's servant, William Martin. This paper traces my attempts to discover how to approach fictionalizing the historical Indigenous figures that Flinders met. Examining how some non-Indigenous writers have appropriated Indigenous culture and investigating what some writers have said about non-Indigenous writers creating Indigenous characters, provided me with some guidelines. Interviews with Indigenous elders, and other members of the Illawarra community, helped me imagine the gaps in knowledge. In the fictional retelling, using unreliable narration to suggest there may be multiple stories around a single historical event, some of which we may never get to hear, became a useful narrative strategy.' (Author's abstract)
The Survival of Indigenous Spirituality in Contemporary Australia 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Aesthetics , vol. 21 no. 2 2011; (p. 94-113)
'An Indigenous „spirituality‟ 1 has survived in Australia despite the impact of White colonial settlement since 1788. It is found in a multitude of forms, both because of the diversity of Indigenous communities in Australia and because it is an ethos of deep connections between one‟s Ancestors, and land or „country.‟ These connections are traced back to ancestral beings who formed the land through their deeds in „the Dreaming.‟ Though the rites, songs, iconography, and sometimes even the stories themselves were suppressed and often lost among some communities, I argue that the subtle, near-intangible ethos was passed on. The forty-thousand-year-old spirituality could not be suppressed by two hundred years of colonialism. This spirituality was maintained through rites and religious institutions in many communities, but survived by other means among those where formal religion was destroyed. This spirituality has been revived in various forms, but nevertheless survives in the work of Indigenous activism, particularly the struggle for land rights. Indigenous national identities have remained intact and are imbued with spiritual significance. ' (Author's introduction)
Post Colonialism and Literary Criticism in Australia Post-Colonialism and Literary Criticism in Australia Leigh Dale , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 95-105) Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 14-27)
'In this essay I want to lay out the context for the development of the study of post-colonial literatures and post-colonial reading strategies, then move on to consider in a little more detail some significant aspects of the field in its early form. I will conclude by examining the effects of post-colonial criticism on ways of reading the work of three Australian writers: Judith Wright, Randolph Stow, and Patrick White' (95).
'New Age Trippers': Aboriginality and Australian New Age Travel Books Robert Clarke , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Travel Writing , vol. 13 no. 1 2009; (p. 27-43)
In the last two decades of the twentieth century Australia became an attractive travel destination for alienated middle-class Westerners in search of a spiritual utopia. In such texts Aboriginality is represented as a source of spiritual transcendence and as a remedy for the evils of modern consumerism and industrialisation. This article examines a number of books by white New Age spiritual travellers-James Cowan's Two Men Dreaming (1995), Marlo Morgan's Mutant Message Down Under (1994), and Harvey Arden's Dreamkeepers (1995) - that claim to (re)discover a lost, universal, sacred heritage within Aboriginal cosmologies. The discourses employed by recent Australian New Age travel texts are prima facie examples of postcolonial forms of cultural appropriation. Yet the involvement of indigenous agents in the production, promotion, and critique of such texts complicates the argument that these texts are simply new forms of cultural colonisation (Author's abstract).
Listening to Indigenous Voices : The Ethics of Reading in the Teaching of Australian Indigenous Oral Narrative Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transcultural Graffiti : Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies 2005; (p. 155-170)
Plastic Indians and Aborigines : Mobilising Aboriginal Identity in a Global Age John Eustace , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 153-163)
An Unsettling Affair : Territorial Anxieties and the 'Mutant Message' John Eustace , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 40 no. 2 2005; (p. 65-91)
Mad in India Sophie Cunningham , 2004 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 63 no. 2 2004; (p. 56-63) Wanderings in India : Australian Perspectives 2012; (p. 167-174)
Sophie Cunningham explains her obsession with India and why she wants to return.
Helping Yourself : Marlo Morgan and the Fabrication of Indigenous Wisdom Cath Ellis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 21 no. 4 2004; (p. 149-164)
Going Native : Disguise, Forgery, Imagination and the 'European Aboriginal' Stephen Gray , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 170 2003; (p. 34-42)
The article discusses the phenomenon of the 'white blackfellow' and the changing motivations of Europeans 'going native'. It argues that, in reporting about their experiences of living among Aborigines, some writers, as for instance Marlo Morgan in her successful but fraudulent book Mutant Message Down Under, are living out their own fantasies and quests for spiritual fulfilment rather than representing the realities of contemporary Aboriginal people and life. The author also discusses the pros and cons with regard to more recent notion of 'cultural protocols' for non-indigenous writers in portraying Aboriginal life.
In Black and White or beyond the Pale - The Authenticity Debate and Protection for Aboriginal Culture Stephen Gray , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Law Journal , December vol. 15 no. 2001; (p. 105-120)
Bounuh Wongee 'Message Stick' No. 2 : A Report on 'Mutant Message Down Under' Robert Eggington , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
y Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation Robert Eggington , Western Australia : Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation , 2000-2009 Z1564427 2000-2009 website criticism Website of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, containing documents relating to its campaign against Marlo Morgan's book Mutant Message Down Under.
Mutant Message Down Under Campaign Robert Eggington , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
Bounuh Wongee 'Message Stick' No. 3 : A Report on 'Mutant Message Down Under' Robert Eggington , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
Robert Eggington reports on the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation's campaign in Japan to disrupt Marlo Morgan's book tour.
Pendulum Swings for Cultural Rights Irene Cunningham , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
Blot on the Landscape Stephen Gray , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , November vol. 5 no. 10 2000; (p. 8-9)
Jangga Meenya Bomunggur (The Smell of the White Man is Killing Us) Robert Eggington , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009; Those Who Remain Will Always Remember : An Anthology of Aboriginal Writing 2000; (p. 132-135) Sacred Stick from the Land Long Ago is South West Aboriginal People's Property 2002; (p. 5) Western Australian Writing : An Online Anthology 2003;
This Declaration was written on the eve of the departure of an Aboriginal delegation to the USA in January 1996. The delegation attended an International Press Conference about Mutant Message Downunder, a controversial book by Marlo Morgan.
In Your Dreams : Cultural Appropriation, Popular Culture and Colonialism Larissa Behrendt , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Law Text Culture , vol. 4 no. 1998; (p. 256-279)
'Industrialisation, globalisation, technological advancement, urbanisation, mass communication systems and other sources of modernity have created a society with contradictions...'
Group Condemns Book's False Message 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 September no. 110 1995; (p. 25)

— Review of Mutant Message Down Under Marlo Morgan 1991 single work novel
Dark Places in a Country Built on Lies Larissa Behrendt , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 October 1994; (p. 11A)

— Review of The White Woman Liam Davison 1994 single work novel ; Mutant Message Down Under Marlo Morgan 1991 single work novel
Outback Lore or Outright Lie? David Hay , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 October 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of Mutant Message Down Under Marlo Morgan 1991 single work novel
Cynical Agenda in New Age Assault Francoise Dussart , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 October 1994; (p. rev 5)

— Review of Mutant Message Down Under Marlo Morgan 1991 single work novel
Going Native : Disguise, Forgery, Imagination and the 'European Aboriginal' Stephen Gray , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 170 2003; (p. 34-42)
The article discusses the phenomenon of the 'white blackfellow' and the changing motivations of Europeans 'going native'. It argues that, in reporting about their experiences of living among Aborigines, some writers, as for instance Marlo Morgan in her successful but fraudulent book Mutant Message Down Under, are living out their own fantasies and quests for spiritual fulfilment rather than representing the realities of contemporary Aboriginal people and life. The author also discusses the pros and cons with regard to more recent notion of 'cultural protocols' for non-indigenous writers in portraying Aboriginal life.
Mad in India Sophie Cunningham , 2004 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 63 no. 2 2004; (p. 56-63) Wanderings in India : Australian Perspectives 2012; (p. 167-174)
Sophie Cunningham explains her obsession with India and why she wants to return.
Helping Yourself : Marlo Morgan and the Fabrication of Indigenous Wisdom Cath Ellis , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 21 no. 4 2004; (p. 149-164)
Listening to Indigenous Voices : The Ethics of Reading in the Teaching of Australian Indigenous Oral Narrative Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transcultural Graffiti : Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies 2005; (p. 155-170)
Post Colonialism and Literary Criticism in Australia Post-Colonialism and Literary Criticism in Australia Leigh Dale , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 95-105) Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 14-27)
'In this essay I want to lay out the context for the development of the study of post-colonial literatures and post-colonial reading strategies, then move on to consider in a little more detail some significant aspects of the field in its early form. I will conclude by examining the effects of post-colonial criticism on ways of reading the work of three Australian writers: Judith Wright, Randolph Stow, and Patrick White' (95).
Plastic Indians and Aborigines : Mobilising Aboriginal Identity in a Global Age John Eustace , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 153-163)
Bounuh Wongee 'Message Stick' No. 2 : A Report on 'Mutant Message Down Under' Robert Eggington , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
y Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation Robert Eggington , Western Australia : Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation , 2000-2009 Z1564427 2000-2009 website criticism Website of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, containing documents relating to its campaign against Marlo Morgan's book Mutant Message Down Under.
Mutant Message Down Under Campaign Robert Eggington , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
Bounuh Wongee 'Message Stick' No. 3 : A Report on 'Mutant Message Down Under' Robert Eggington , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
Robert Eggington reports on the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation's campaign in Japan to disrupt Marlo Morgan's book tour.
An Unsettling Affair : Territorial Anxieties and the 'Mutant Message' John Eustace , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 40 no. 2 2005; (p. 65-91)
Pendulum Swings for Cultural Rights Irene Cunningham , 2000-2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 2000-2009;
From Art To Lies Susan Hawthorne , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , December vol. 6 no. 4 1994; (p. 10-12)
This article reviews other books outside the scope of AustLit.
In Black and White or beyond the Pale - The Authenticity Debate and Protection for Aboriginal Culture Stephen Gray , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Law Journal , December vol. 15 no. 2001; (p. 105-120)
'New Age Trippers': Aboriginality and Australian New Age Travel Books Robert Clarke , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Travel Writing , vol. 13 no. 1 2009; (p. 27-43)
In the last two decades of the twentieth century Australia became an attractive travel destination for alienated middle-class Westerners in search of a spiritual utopia. In such texts Aboriginality is represented as a source of spiritual transcendence and as a remedy for the evils of modern consumerism and industrialisation. This article examines a number of books by white New Age spiritual travellers-James Cowan's Two Men Dreaming (1995), Marlo Morgan's Mutant Message Down Under (1994), and Harvey Arden's Dreamkeepers (1995) - that claim to (re)discover a lost, universal, sacred heritage within Aboriginal cosmologies. The discourses employed by recent Australian New Age travel texts are prima facie examples of postcolonial forms of cultural appropriation. Yet the involvement of indigenous agents in the production, promotion, and critique of such texts complicates the argument that these texts are simply new forms of cultural colonisation (Author's abstract).
Elders Seek Cash to Fight Book Claims 1995 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 October no. 111 1995; (p. 4)
Angry Elders US-bound Over Book 1996 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 17 January no. 117 1996; (p. 1)
Elders anger over book 'Mutant Message Down Under'.
'Mutant Message' Author Targeted Again 1997 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 9 April no. 148 1997; (p. 3)
West Australian Aborigines in Japan expose the ongoing deception and fraud of US author Marlo Morgan's book Mutant Message Down Under (Source: Koori Mail 1997).
Elders Pleased as Author Apologies 1996 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 14 February no. 119 1996; (p. 2)
'Aboriginal Elders are claiming victory after controversial American author Marlo Morgan offered an apology...' (Source: Koori Mail, issue 119 1996).
Writing White, Writing Black, and Events at Canoe Rivulet Catherine McKinnon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , October vol. 16 no. 2 2012;
'How a community imagines the past contributes to the shaping of its present culture; influences that community's vision for the future. Yet much about the past can be difficult to access, as it can be lost or hidden. Therefore, when retelling first contact stories, especially when the documentary information is limited to a colonial perspective, how might a writer approach fictionalizing historical Indigenous figures? 'Will Martin' (2011), a tale written as part of my practice-led PhD, is a fictional retelling of the eighteenth century sailing trip, taken along the New South Wales coast, by explorers Matthew Flinders, George Bass, and Bass's servant, William Martin. This paper traces my attempts to discover how to approach fictionalizing the historical Indigenous figures that Flinders met. Examining how some non-Indigenous writers have appropriated Indigenous culture and investigating what some writers have said about non-Indigenous writers creating Indigenous characters, provided me with some guidelines. Interviews with Indigenous elders, and other members of the Illawarra community, helped me imagine the gaps in knowledge. In the fictional retelling, using unreliable narration to suggest there may be multiple stories around a single historical event, some of which we may never get to hear, became a useful narrative strategy.' (Author's abstract)
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