Back on Country by Jack Goodluck


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“In the 1970s, for the first time in Australia, a legislation was passed that provided for Aboriginal people to claim ownership of their traditional lands. This coincided with the transfer of mission stations and government settlements to the control of Aboriginal community councils.”


This is a novel about a turbulent week in the lives of a few Territorians, mainly in Darwin, on Goose Island, and in the rocky Arnhem Land Escarpment country, who are concerned about the plight and prospects of Aboriginal people. Gray Bridges, a cross-cultural communication specialist, goes to the island and is challenged by Mani Mangguulu's way of seeing his people's situation. 

On the island, and back in Darwin, a string of disturbing events reveals deep-seated hostilities and tragic divisions, and after a gruesome murder, an underlying long-term story surfaces and puts certain things into clearer perspective, and also suggests a direction to look in order to see what is really needed for giving low impact, effective aid for survival and creative self-development..


A compelling story with powerful characters set in the Northern Territory of Australia. Culminating on top of the sacred Gujigari Rock of the Wainanda clan ... who will lose their nerve first?