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One of my #Becauseofherwecan role models is another deadly #Martu woman - my auntie Doris Nugi Garimara Pilkington (1937 - 2014). She has inspired me to not give up on my vision of being a professional novelist.
Auntie Doris won the David Unaipon Award in 1990 (at the age of 53) for her novel Caprice: A Stockman's Daughter. Her second novel, Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence was published in 1996 (children's version in 2006). And the sequel Under the Wintamarra Tree in 2002.
After the movie version of Rabbit-Proof Fence was released in 2002, Auntie Doris was catapulted on to the world stage. She travelled throughout Australia and overseas talking about the Stolen Generations. She met survivors, family, supporters, writers, popstars and world leaders.
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For wild women and rebel girls, sometimes resistance is about saying 'no.' It's about choosing your own priorities. Not letting anyone put you in the corner, lock you up, or force you to give up your dreams. Its daring to live your best #IndigenousX life.…
One of my #BecauseOfHerWeCan stories has to be about my maternal grandmother, and other strong #Martu women. My nana Molly (Craig) Kelly didn't lead a rebellion. She wasn't a resistance fighter. But she did resist. Plenty of times, until the authorities let her live life her way.
At the age of 14, Molly was forcibly removed from her family and community. Just because she was of mixed heritage, in an era when the gov & church was attempting to force Aboriginal children such as herself to assimilate into white society via institutionalisation and servitude.
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Another Aboriginal resistance fighter Australians need to know about is Fanny Balbuk Yooreel (1840 - 1907). She was a fierce land rights activist and Noongar woman.…#BecauseOfHerWeCan Photo: Fanny (right) with family members at the zoo. Circa 1885-1902
Fanny Balbuk Yooreel resisted the occupation of her Country (now known as Perth) and fought for rights for land, community and family.…
Her vision and resistance at the end of the 19th Century formed the foundation of the land rights movement in Perth; leading to the successful native title claim at the beginning of the 21st Century. A massive legacy.…
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My article on Wild Women and Rebel Girls (on #IndigenousX today) also featured Daisy Bindi (Mumaring) A Nyangumartu women, she helped lead Australia's longest strike. Daisy could out-ride the men, and out-talk the authorities.… #Martu #BecauseOfHerWeCan
Concerned about police violence and lack of worker rights for Aboriginal people on whiteman stations, Daisy and other Martu led 500 men, women and children off the stations. Such a loss of underappreciated labourers brought the stations to their knees.…
Daisy Bindi was a leading force in this protest, and with her help, the movement spread across the Pilbara - to the coast and inland. Three years later, having lost 800 Aboriginal labourers, the stations and government gave in - more rights were achieved.…
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I wrote this piece for #IndigenousX today. After a quick online research for wild black women and rebel girls, I could have written at least one book. It was difficult picking just a few #BecauseOfHerWeCan stories.…
I started this article with Tarenorerer (Tasmania, 1800 - 1831). Julie Dowling captured the spirit of this daring young woman in the portrait Walyer >…
Badimia woman and highly acclaimed artist, Julie Dowling's portraits often feature strong black women - mothers, aunties, nanas, sistas. see some of her work here >…
And listen to an interview about her Picture the Women exhibition >…
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