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Book Title: The Last of the Nomads|
The author of the book: W.J. Peasley
Edition: Fremantle Press
Date of issue: October 1st 2017
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Reader ratings: 5.6
ISBN 13: 9780949206879
Format files: PDF
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Many years ago, Warri and Yatungka defied the laws of their tribe which said they could not marry, and disappeared together, preferring to leave the security of the Mandildjara tribe and all they had known so they could be together. They roamed the Gibson Desert of Western Australia, bringing up their children and surviving in the traditional way while their children grew to adulthood.
As the years passed, the varying tribes started to leave their way of life, and began learning the white man’s ways with bad influences (alcohol) as well as good in their lives. The township of Wiluna housed many of the Mandildjara people – until only the now elderly Warri and Yatungka were left living in the traditional way of their tribe, as they had lived for generations past. But the elders were fearful for the safety of the two; the drought was bad, the worst in living memory. How was this elderly couple to survive, without the support and help of the younger generation?
The author, W.J. Peasley was requested by the Aboriginal elders to put together a search party and find Warri and Yatungka, hopefully before it was too late. With the help of Mudjon who was an old friend of Warri, the author, Mudjon and four other white people set out on the arduous and at times hazardous journey across the Gibson Desert in search of two aboriginal people – if ever there was a needle in a haystack, this was it!
The ensuing search was an amazing one, with the descriptions of the arid and desolate country, the heat and the desperate search for water at water holes which had dried out; it was all an emotional, moving and thought-provoking account of the search for the last of the nomads.
What a remarkable story – I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing read, the fascinating look at the old ways of the aboriginals and the terrible sense of loss and sadness at the changes to the history of the Mandildjara tribe (and other aboriginal tribes). I highly recommend this for everyone to read.
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