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Lorraine Mafi-Williams Lorraine Mafi-Williams i(A15811 works by) (a.k.a. Lorraine Turnbull)
Born: Established: 1940 New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 23 Jan 2001 Byron Bay, Byron Bay - Broken Head area, Far North Coast, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Thungutti ; Aboriginal Bundjalung
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2 y separately published work icon Unconventional Means : The Dream Down Under Anne Richardson Williams , Lorraine Mafi-Williams , Nashville : In Circle Press , 2000 Z1248633 2000 prose Indigenous story

'Unconventional Means: The Dream Down Under is a combination of memoir and personal adventure in which the lives of an upper-middle-class artist from Nashville, TN and an Aboriginal Australian elder intersect. Contains traditional Aboriginal stories and artwork by the author. Sixteen-year-old Anne Williams, shattered by a family tragedy, tries to cope through art and reading. She eventually finds solace in Nevil Shute's novel A Town Like Alice. His heroine's journey through the tribulations of war to find love and a new home modeled after the town of Alice Springs, Australia gives teenage Anne hope "that there is something on the other side of the terrible things" for her, too. Someday, she promises herself, she will go to Australia and to Alice Springs. Decades later, Anne's call to Australia deepens. Now an artist and successful businesswoman, she is reading a book about the continent's Aboriginal people when a photograph of Aboriginal elder Lorraine Mafi-Williams mesmerizes her. She feels an immediate kinship, even though others find it ridiculous that this upper-middle-class Southern white woman and an Aboriginal elder could share more than a common last name. When Anne finally sets out for Australia, she adds to her desire to see Alice Springs the dream of also meeting Lorraine. But with no address, no phone number, no conventional way to get in touch with an Aboriginal woman, Anne must rely on unconventional means – dreams, visions, meditation and intuition – to guide her halfway around the world to find the woman whose ancient tales of a land and its people will help to heal her.' (Source: Amazon website)

1 Might Be, Might Be, I Don't Know i "The preacher said that when I die", Lorraine Mafi-Williams , 1993 single work poetry
— Appears in: Spirit Song : A Collection of Aboriginal Poetry 1993; (p. 34)
1 Dreamtime Almost Gone i "Cast your spears on the wind, my sons,", Lorraine Mafi-Williams , 1993 single work poetry
— Appears in: Spirit Song : A Collection of Aboriginal Poetry 1993; (p. 26)
1 Mimi Dancers i "From out of the spirit world", Lorraine Mafi-Williams , 1993 single work poetry
— Appears in: Spirit Song : A Collection of Aboriginal Poetry 1993; (p. 2)
1 5 y separately published work icon Spirit Song : A Collection of Aboriginal Poetry Lorraine Mafi-Williams , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1993 Z430576 1993 anthology poetry

'In this collection of contemporary poems for children, thirty-five Aboriginal poets write about what it means to be Aboriginal today. Many of the poems reflect the anger, despair and determination of a people dispossessed of their land and denied justice. Some poets recall the spirituality and culture of their ancestors. Still others look with hope to the future...' (Source: Back cover)

1 1 form y separately published work icon Eelemarni the Story of Leo and Leva Lorraine Mafi-Williams , Lorraine Mafi-Williams (director), Australia : Learning Essentials , 1988 7216765 1988 single work film/TV

this dramatisation of a traditional legend from northern N.S.W., the story of Leo and Leva, is the embodiment of the history of existing tribal boundaries and custodial rights.

1 form y separately published work icon E'ellermani : The Story of Leo and Leva Lorraine Mafi-Williams , Millie Boyd , ( dir. Lorraine Mafi-Williams ) Australia : Aboriginal Arts Board Women's Film Fund of the Australian Film Commission , 1988 13732104 1988 single work film/TV Indigenous story

'Leo and Leva is a documentary made at the request of the contemporary custodian of their story’s site - singer and storyteller Millie Boyd - who wanted to clarify tribal boundaries in far northern NSW.

'Speaking in 3 different dialects (Githrabaul, Knarkbaul and Wearravaul) and singing songs passed on from generation to generation, singer and storyteller Millie Boyd tells of the love between Leo, A handsome warrior, and Leva, a beautiful maiden from another tribe. The story is illustrated in re-enactments.

'The simplicity of the story is enjoyable, and as the audience we are privileged to hear it. All the threads aren’t tied up in this short film; rather it is presented as if it was a yarn being heard while around the fire or at the feet of an elder.

'This is a dramatised documentary based on an Aboriginal tribal legend from northern NSW.' (Production summary)

1 Writers from a Dying Race : Black Poets in Australia Lorraine Mafi-Williams , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Black Scholar : Journal of Black Studies and Research , January-February vol. 11 no. 3 1980; (p. 71-75)
1 Between Two Rivers Lorraine Mafi-Williams , 1979 single work short story Indigenous story
— Appears in: English and Other than English : Anthology in Community Languages 1979; (p. 124-125)
1 How the Moon Became Lorraine Mafi-Williams , 1976 single work prose dreaming story
— Appears in: Identity , January vol. 2 no. 7 1976; (p. 36)