Audio | The power of Indigenous storytelling: Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australia)

Listen to an interview with two internationally acclaimed indigenous writers: one being a first hand account of forced adoption and an education that promotes alienation from a child’s cultural roots; and both on the struggles and joys of reconnecting with ancestral roots:

Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider) and Australian Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann (Ruby Moonlight) discuss how stories can bring us closer to reconciliation, and what it’s like to navigate between two cultures. 57:39 – Posted: Jan 07, 2018 12:00 AM


Accessed: 7 February 2018

Ali Cobby Eckermann (Ruby Moonlight) | Read the full report and watch her recite a poem >>
A Yankunytjatjara woman, she was stolen from her birth mother. Later in life her son was taken from her. She was a teenage runaway who survived domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, unemployment and homelessness to become a world-class poet. Next month she heads to Yale University to receive the largest financial reward in the poetry world — the $215,000 Windham-Campbell Prize. […]
Cobby Eckermann was in her 30s before she met her birth mother — then known as Audrey Kinnear, later Ngingali Cullen — a champion for the Stolen Generations and co-chair of the National Sorry Day Committee. […]

Source: Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann turns life of pain into poetry success
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Accessed: 7 February 2018

Witi Ihimaera | Read this writer’s full profile >>
The first Māori writer to publish both a book of short stories and a novel, Witi Ihimaera considers ‘the world I’m in as being Māori, not European,’ and his fiction develops out of this perspective. He creates imaginative new realities for his readers, drawing from autobiographical experience. His novel, The Whale Rider, has become an internationally successful feature film. Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood won the General Non-Fiction Award at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Most recently, Ihimaera was honoured for his fiction with the 2017 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.

Accessed: 7 February 2018

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