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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 The Coming of the Europeans
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'Nyawa-ma-rla ngurra karrinya ngumpit-ku-mi. Ngumpit-ku-rni wanyjiwurra jaru ngurla ngurra karrinya ngumpit-kari-wu ngumpit-kari-wu jaru-kari-wu jaru-kari-wu ngurla karrinya nyawa-ma. Kartiya-murlung-kula-rni kartiya-ma nyila-ma jalajalang yani ngumayila. Marlumarluka-ma karrinya murla-ma ngurra marnmarnkarra-ma kanyjurra-rni-ma. 
'This is Aboriginal land. It belongs to Aboriginal people from all different language groups and different tribes. There weren't kartiya here before. They only came later. Aboriginal people were the only ones who owned the land before. This land didn't hold horses or cattle in the past. There only used to be kangaroos, emus, fish and goannas here before. Now the horse has taken over. ' (Introduction)

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Language: Aboriginal Gurindji AIATSIS ref. (C20) (NT SE52-08). Mirror of 9910589. One to be deleted by JH. , English
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    y separately published work icon Yijarni : True Stories from Gurindji Country Erika Charola (editor), Felicity Meakins (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016 9469367 2016 selected work prose Indigenous story

    'On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists. Led by Vincent Lingiari, this land-mark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists. Told in both English and Gurindji, these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations. ...' (Source: AIATSIS website)

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016
    pg. 30-31
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