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My people’s dreaming: an Aboriginal elder speaks on life, land, spirit and forgiveness

The late Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison

2009 Australia

A rare, personal insight into the traditional teachings of an Aboriginal elder of the Yuin people (South Coast, NSW) and a photographic tour through his country. ‘Uncle’ Max, as he is widely known, has been sharing his cultural knowledge for over 30 years – in that time taking more than 6000 people from all walks of life onto country and explaining Aboriginal ways. The book’s content is drawn from extensive interviews with Uncle Max, who states that the teachings he reveals are ‘the living treasures of my life’. Uncle Max provides simple and clear understandings into Aboriginal culture for people from all nationalities. His teachings cover their Creation Dreaming, bush lore, foods, healing, laws and punishment, spirituality and the significance of relationship to land. In passing on traditional wisdom Uncle Max focuses on three truths: See the land…the beauty; Hear the land…the story; Feel the land…the spirit. This full-colour, cased & jacketed book features stunning images by widely respected photographer Peter McConchie (Elders and Aboriginal Spirit). Contents: Shoalhaven River Gulaga Mountain and the Creation story Songlines the three principles of learning Grandfather fire Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun the truth of traditional knowledge Koorah Koori Wind Spirit Food as medicine My teachers Our law and punishment totems Whale elders Ochre Death and burial Communication with the dead Singing tree Ceremony Reading the land the seasons Skin names Sacred places Barranguba Island Initiation Boundaries and borders Forgiveness