Black Swan: A Koorie woman's life by Carolyn Landon,Eileen Harrison

By Carolyn Landon,Eileen Harrison

A frank and strong memoir of the lifetime of an Aboriginal girl, from her early years at the Lake Tyers project to discovery of her expertise as a painter.

'It's undesirable good fortune to capture a black swan.'

Eileen Harrison grew up on the Lake Tyers Aboriginal project Station within the Fifties as certainly one of 11 young children in a tight-knit and loving family members. while the recent assimilation coverage is available in, they're wrenched from the venture and despatched off to Ararat within the desire that they are going to develop into a part of that group. not able to construct a solid lifestyles within the face of isolation and discrimination, the relations is torn aside. Eileen needs to turn into the protector and the peacemaker.

As a baby, Eileen let loose a black swan stuck in a hessian bag. Now the tale of the paranormal black swan from her adolescence presents an uncanny map for her lifestyles as she struggles to discover her direction. After decades she discovers her expertise as a painter and builds a brand new lifestyles for herself.

Powerfully advised in Eileen's phrases, her reports communicate eloquently of what has occurred to Aboriginal humans over the past half-century.

'Both heart-wrenching and hopeful, Eileen Harrison's tale demonstrates that whereas rules of assimilation can have taken households from kingdom and neighborhood, they can by no means take the stories that saved them connected.' - Dr Anita Heiss, award-winning writer and activist

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