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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 Messengers of the Gods : Tribal Elders Reveal the Ancient Wisdom of the Earth
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House , 1993 .
      Extent: 209p.
      Description: maps.
      ISBN: 0091828589 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Bell Tower ,
      1993 .
      Extent: 209p.

Works about this Work

James Cowan and the White Quest for Black Self Mitchell Rolls , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2001; (p. 1-20)

'A literary genre is emerging in which Aborigines are cast as the spiritual saviours of the supposedly alienated Western self. One of the most prolific authors writing in this field is the Australian, James Cowan. Through a series of books Cowan moves further and further into the Aboriginal metaphysical realm until at last, he would have his readers believe, he actually enters the Dreaming and becomes an intrinsic part of it. In this article I critically examine these books, focusing on Cowan's construction of Aborigines and the sorts of claims he makes. I also consider some possible consequences of his particular portrayal of Aborigines. Despite his prominence in this field, and publishers' claims that he is 'an internationally respected authority on Australian Aborigines and other indigenous peoples', his work so far has received little critical analysis.' (Publication Abstract)

Wisdom at a Safe Distance Stephen Muecke , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 160 1994; (p. 42)

— Review of Messengers of the Gods : Tribal Elders Reveal the Ancient Wisdom of the Earth James Cowan , 1993 single work prose
Wisdom at a Safe Distance Stephen Muecke , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 160 1994; (p. 42)

— Review of Messengers of the Gods : Tribal Elders Reveal the Ancient Wisdom of the Earth James Cowan , 1993 single work prose
James Cowan and the White Quest for Black Self Mitchell Rolls , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2001; (p. 1-20)

'A literary genre is emerging in which Aborigines are cast as the spiritual saviours of the supposedly alienated Western self. One of the most prolific authors writing in this field is the Australian, James Cowan. Through a series of books Cowan moves further and further into the Aboriginal metaphysical realm until at last, he would have his readers believe, he actually enters the Dreaming and becomes an intrinsic part of it. In this article I critically examine these books, focusing on Cowan's construction of Aborigines and the sorts of claims he makes. I also consider some possible consequences of his particular portrayal of Aborigines. Despite his prominence in this field, and publishers' claims that he is 'an internationally respected authority on Australian Aborigines and other indigenous peoples', his work so far has received little critical analysis.' (Publication Abstract)

Last amended 8 Aug 2001 11:19:53
Subjects:
  • Borneo, Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Torres Strait Islands, Queensland,
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