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'Remembering Ruby' is a tribute to Doctor Ruby Langford Ginibi, a remarkable woman and
an important Australian writer. Winner of numerous awards for her contribution to literature,
as well as to Australian culture, Ruby was an Aboriginal Elder of the Bundjalung nation and a
tireless campaigner for the rights of her people.
Ruby's writing is passionate, sincere and heart-felt, as well as extraordinarily funny and
articulate. She knew that getting people to listen to her story would be fundamental to naming
the hidden history of Indigenous Australia and to changing cultural perceptions in a broader
context. As an elder she took on the complex and demanding role of 'edumacation', as she
called it, and her representations of life and culture continue to provide important reflections,
from an Indigenous perspective, on the effects of ignorance, racism and colonisation in an
Australian context. As Aboriginal mother, aunty, teacher and scholar her writing represents a particular Australian experience for a readership of people interested in human rights and
equality the world over.
This monograph, in honouring Ruby Langford Ginibi, is the written expression of an ongoing
dialogue between the two authors about their experiences living in Australia and the way that
Ruby has interconnected with us and influenced our experiences of growing up in an
Australian cultural context. It also brings into focus the many ways that Ruby Langford
Ginibi's writing has been central to challenging and changing prevailing perspectives on the
lives of Indigenous people over the last twenty-five years. An excellent communicator with a
wicked sense of humour, Ruby's tireless telling of the truth about the impacts of invasion on
Indigenous people makes her an important cultural ambassador for all Australians. Ruby's
totem, the Willy Wagtail, is connected to being a messenger for her people and in writing
'Remembering Ruby' we aim to contribute to keeping her message of hope and resilience
alive and, on the anniversary of her passing, to continue to honour her inimitable and eternal