Goolarabooloo Foreign Policy

Stephen Muecke

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I was one of the foreigners who came from down south to visit Paddy Roe, celebrated Nyigina Elder, holding office under his old tamarind tree in his Country, in Broome. He would sit cross-legged, crafting an artefact like a boomerang, and all sorts of people would come to consult with him - anthropologists, priests, writers, developers. Paddy's job was to mediate between the desires of the settler colonial society to modernise the country and his own Elders' dedication to maintaining
Country as it is - or was - 'living Country' he would call it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving with the Anthropocene
Subtitle of host publicationLove, Loss and Hope in the Face of Environmental Crisis
EditorsCameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner, Jenny Newell
Place of PublicationNew South Wales
PublisherNewSouth Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781742244815, 9781742249315
ISBN (Print)9781742236889
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Anthology
  • Australian writers
  • Environmental changes
  • Anthropocene
  • Australian anthropocene
  • Environmental crisis
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Indigenous Australians


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