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By Mary Ellen Jordan

This position was known as Mang djang karirra: where the place the Dreaming replaced form. after which the Balandas arrived, faded humans from diversified locations with tongues that could not make the suitable sounds, and those phrases grew to become Maningrida. Now it's the position the place the Dreaming mutates, could wither and die, could implode or explode or combust. this can be not like anyplace else i have ever been. Mary Ellen Jordan left her Melbourne urban existence to spend fourteen months in Maningrida, a coastal group in Arnhem Land. She made the adventure looking forward to to paintings along the neighborhood Aboriginal humans, with solid intentions and considering she'd be of a few use. yet not anything, it grew to become out, will be that easy. Staring around the sharp social and cultural divide among the 2 races, Jordan could fight to benefit what it was once to be a Balanda in Maningrida a spot that will problem her perceptions of race, tradition, political correctness, paintings, language, and whiteness. this can be a relocating tale instructed with either boldness and a lightness of contact via a skilled new voice in Australian writing. 'Perceptive, modest and courageous: a quietly gripping, very own tackle Australia's inner most dilemma.' (Helen Garner) 'A shiny, compelling account Jordan is a good observer, as loose from sentimentality as she is from malice.' (Inga Clendinnen) ' an uncompromisingly sincere contribution to the dialog among white and Aboriginal Australia.' (Kim Mahood)

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I suspected it was unlikely that I would get the money back. But then again, I didn’t know for sure. Every Balanda in Maningrida had a story about being humbugged for money. This was my first time, so I handed over the $20. Archie had told me that Terry had borrowed $20 from him twice, and paid it back both times. He had then borrowed $50 and a year later was still assuring Archie he would pay it back one day. I was interested to see how this would turn out. ᪎᪏ One wet Saturday I was invited to spend the day on the Blythe River.

QX5 30/3/05 1:07 PM Page 22 Bookhouse Mary Ellen Jordan When she showed me the grant application, the milliondollar budget made sense. In this document Alice had set out the grand vision for the project: indigenous speakers and language workers working with a linguist on each of six languages, full time, for two years. It easily added up to a million dollars. ‘We need to scale this down so it can be run from the culture office on a fifth of the budget,’ Alice said. She thought it was still feasible to produce some kind of dictionary and learners’ guide for each language.

Alice, however, carried on a conversation seemingly effortlessly—she knew some of Jimmy’s language. ’ Jimmy nodded his head vigorously and said ‘Yo, yo’ (yes, yes). Alice’s questions were all leading questions, asking for confirmation of what she already knew. How would I ever be able to do this? They finished with a simple exchange: ‘Ma. ‘Ma’ meant ‘OK’ or ‘that’s enough’, and I’d learnt ‘bobo’ for goodbye by hearing it from Alice and Mal and other Balandas. ᪎᪏ My fourth morning was barge morning.

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