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Paddy Roe grew up on Roebuck Plains Station east of Broome, Western Australia. He is of Nyikina descent and grew up between two worlds working as a stockman, a windmill repairer, a butcher and in an ice and lemonade business before becoming a market gardener. He was a skilled wood carver and an expert in making boomerangs. Paddy Roe was a well known storyteller and caretaker of important traditional ceremonies and established the Lurujarri Heritage Trail.
'Reading the Country is a journey into Roebuck Plains, near Broome in Australia's far north-west; it is an exploration of the meaning of place, an attempt to chart the relationships between people and those specific places in which they must find a place to live. It is a journey through landscape into language and ideas, and personal and cultural location.' (Source: Publisher's Blurb, 1996 Revised Edition)
yGularabulu : Stories from the West KimberleyFremantle:Fremantle Press,1983Z8943381983selected work criticism life story oral history Indigenous story (taught in 6 units)Gularabulu, 'the coast where the sun goes down' is an area of country on the coast of the West Kimberley in the north-west of Western Australia. These stories belong not just to Paddy Roe but to all the people from the traditional tribal groupings of the Garadjeri, Nyigina, Yaour, Nyul-nyul and Djaber-djaber tribes.