Too Many Captain Cooks single work   prose   Indigenous story  
Note: Translated into English from Rembarrnga and Kriol, June 1987.
Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Too Many Captain Cooks
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To Aboriginal people, Captain Cook is the archetypal first white man in Australia.


form y Too Many Captain Cooks Paddy Fordham Wainburranga , ( dir. Penny McDonald ) Alice Springs : Chili Films , 1989 Z1393872 1989 single work film/TV

Paddy Wainburranga of the Rembarrnga tribe from Arnhem Land relates and paints the Rembarrnga history of Captain Cook. Typical of contemporary Aboriginal accounts, this story offers a markedly different perspective to the history upheld by non-Aboriginal Australians. The 'Captain Cook' of the title, in Northern Australian slang, refers to white people.

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First known date: 1987
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    y North of the Ten Commandments : A Collection of Northern Territory Literature David Headon (editor), Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z54431 1991 anthology poetry short story prose correspondence extract

    'The writers and story-tellers included in this collection relate an important, even epic tale. They tell a story which in 1988 (white Australia's bicentennial year) rarely received attention because, while it tells of courage and love, it also focuses on killing and conquest, eccentricity and madness, and a land as hostile and murderous as it could be gentle and caring...' (Source: Preface)

    Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991
    pg. 24-25
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