I have just finished reading the book called ‘The Red Chief: As told by the last of His Tribe’ by Ion I Idriess. A small book, being of only 246 pages, but one that has opened my eyes to a different perspective.
A book detailing the life of ‘Red Kangaroo’ of the Gunn-e-darr tribe (Gunnedah NSW), part of the Kamilaroi nation.
The back cover states: “It is not only a fast moving tale about heroism but also an important document recording the social and ethical relationships between black and white Australians”. Personally I found that this book has given me a better understanding of a number areas such as culture, the feeling of connectedness to and pride in your ‘family’, how the languages were mutually intelligible, a better geographical idea of the land in which I live.
This book was not easy to find, I had been searching for some time for it but I believe that it is well worth the effort.
Jacinta Hohnke Ling366
The ISBN: 1 920688 12 9 or the whole book can be downloaded in many formats from http://archive.org/stream/redchiefastoldby009531mbp/redchiefastoldby009531mbp_djvu.txt