Interview Snippet from Cambria Press Publication
Giving This Country a Memory (Chapter 7: Doris Pilkington Garimara )
Anne: Have you had feedback from overseas readers?
Doris: Oh, look, they were fabulous, in all those places, about the film; particularly the Native American people. We had stories to exchange, and so on. Although Native American people were taken away, they were taken away as families; we were taken away as children and put in settlements and homes.
Anne: So, do you think that we’ve got anything to learn from how indigenous issues are dealt with in America and Canada?
Doris: Yeah. What we need to learn is to be more politically active. We had our entrance into the political arena with the tent embassy, but it hasn’t gone on too far or too strong now. Nobody is fighting for our rights now.
This is just a snippet from the interview which Dr. Anne Brewster conducted with Doris Pilkington Garimara, who passed away in 2014. The entire interview can be read in the book, along with interviews with the other featured authors: Kim Scott, Romaine Moreton, Jeanine Leane, Melissa Lucashenko, Marie Munkara, and Alf Taylor.
Giving This Country A Memory: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices of Australia by Anne Brewster is part of the Cambria Australian Literature Series, headed by Susan Lever.
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