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Tjanara Goreng Goreng Tjanara Goreng Goreng i(A135536 works by) (a.k.a. Tjanara Goreng-Goreng)
Born: Established: Longreach, Longreach - Barcaldine - Alpha area, Far North Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Wakka Wakka people ; Aboriginal Anangu ; Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people ; Aboriginal
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Tjanara Goreng Goreng is an Aboriginal woman from Central Queensland Australia, with family ties to the Anangu Pitjanjatjara of the Central Desert through her long relationship with Uncle Bob Randall. Her homeland is near Longreach where she was born but also her grandfather's country of Bam Bam Springs which is Wakka Wakka country.

Tjanara Goreng Goreng practices as an Aboriginal Ngungkari (medicine healer) and is also an author and a Songwoman who shares and creates the songs of her clan and traditions with permission from owners of the Songs so that others in the world can also share them.

Since 1996, Tjanara Goreng Goreng has been providing Aboriginal Women's Business Workshops and Aboriginal Law and Spirituality Workshops in Australia and overseas. She creates commissioned artworks for corporations, agencies, and individuals who want a special piece of Aboriginal art and she also illustrates the stories she tells with fine ink/pen drawings. Source: Author's Website, (Sighted 31/08/10)

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

A Long Way from No Go 2018 single work autobiography

'This is a memoir of an Aboriginal woman, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, who began life without any of the advantages of her fellow non-Indigenous Australians except for grit, humour and diverse talent in spades. Through one woman’s story, this book shines a light on the shameful treatment and betrayal of first Australians by individuals and social institutions since European take over. This is a story of resilience, courage and Tjanara’s remarkable capacity to overcome unending barriers. She is an inspiration to all fellow Australians and more specifically to the disenfranchised, marginalised and voiceless Indigenous communities.'

source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 longlisted Walkley Award Best Non-Fiction Book
The Red Earth 2013 single work novel

'The Red Earth is a sweeping saga in the life of an Aboriginal girl/woman who grows up in central Queensland, Australia on her own clan's country within the traditions of her culture and with the imposition of government polices and the Catholic Church. As a result of her wealthy Irish's Uncle's legacy she is tied to one priest who becomes a lifelong friend and mentor and another who sexually abuses her as a teenager and young woman and to both she has children, one son born out of rape and one daughter born of love during a tumultuous time in her life as an adult. She lives in an important political era working as a lawyer to Australia's Attorney General married to a prominent barrister who later becomes a Minister in the Labour Hawke government. She is an activist during the important historical period of the movement for Indigenous rights and later convinces the government that they must have an Inquiry into the abuse of children within missions and homes run by the Churches. During this time she decides to tell of her abuse at the hands of the priest who is now a prominent Bishop and tells Patrick her priest friend who has now become a Cardinal. He supports her within the Church as she navigates the trial, the courts and the subsequent negotiations with the Church. As she and her husband age, their children grow up and move on they continually return to the country of her birth, to the property Gracevale, left to her family by her Uncle for the future of her clan and it is in the nearby town of Winton that their lasting legacy of a Healing Centre is built with her inheritance with the local community for the healing of all Indigenous peoples from the oppression and trauma of colonisation. This book is based on a true story and is a testament to survival, courage, maintenance of cultural traditions and spirituality and the legacy of the Catholic Church in the lives of Australia's Indigenous people told through the eyes of those characters who populate the life of Mary/Marra and her extended family.' (Publication summary)

2010 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer : David Unaipon Award
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