Black Swan: A Koorie woman's life by Carolyn Landon,Eileen Harrison

By Carolyn Landon,Eileen Harrison

A frank and robust memoir of the lifetime of an Aboriginal lady, from her early years at the Lake Tyers undertaking to discovery of her expertise as a painter.

'It's undesirable good fortune to capture a black swan.'

Eileen Harrison grew up on the Lake Tyers Aboriginal challenge Station within the Fifties as considered one of 11 young children in a tight-knit and loving family members. while the hot assimilation coverage is available in, they're wrenched from the project and despatched off to Ararat within the wish that they are going to turn into a part of that neighborhood. not able to construct a reliable existence within the face of isolation and discrimination, the relations is torn aside. Eileen needs to develop into the protector and the peacemaker.

As a baby, Eileen let loose a black swan stuck in a hessian bag. Now the tale of the mystical black swan from her adolescence presents an uncanny map for her lifestyles as she struggles to discover her course. After a long time she discovers her expertise as a painter and builds a brand new lifestyles for herself.

Powerfully instructed in Eileen's phrases, her stories communicate eloquently of what has occurred to Aboriginal humans during the last half-century.

'Both heart-wrenching and hopeful, Eileen Harrison's tale demonstrates that whereas regulations of assimilation can have taken households from state and group, they can by no means take the thoughts that stored them connected.' - Dr Anita Heiss, award-winning writer and activist

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