Tiffany Tsao • 14 October 2022
We haven't put out an unthemed newsletter since our inaugural issue. But sometimes you have an assortment of excellent non-fiction pieces that don’t fit readily into the categories on hand, and you just want people to read them.
First, Mahmood Fazal’s conversation with Malyangapa, Barkindji woman and acclaimed rapper Barkaa, followed by Amra Pajalić’s memories of her beloved stepfather and the trauma he suffered as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
In a piece for IndigenousX’s anthology Reconcile This, Leesa Watego writes about the parenting challenges faced by Aboriginal mothers in a society where White people control the narrative. ‘Where’s the parenting manual that helps mums teach their kids that the world sees them as pathologised victims?’ she asks.
In the same anthology, Matthew Ngamurarri Heffernan observes Australia’s tendency to place Aboriginal knowledge systems in a historical or arts context rather than perceiving their scientific and mathematical import. He shares some ways in which Aboriginal STEM knowledges can enrich Australia’s education system, economy and culture.
‘My favourite way to see a place is to walk,’ writes Ellen Murphy. Indeed, as she walks through Arrernte land on the Larapinta Trail, she sees with new eyes the extent of her ignorance about her natural surroundings.
Jesse Galea reflects on growing up under the pressure of the gender binary – the ache caused by being forced to fit in, but also the ache to genuinely belong somewhere.