#NSW Premier’s Award shortlist Billy Griffiths (NF)
- Author: Billy Griffiths
- Title: Deep Time Dreaming
- Published: 2018
- Publisher: Black Inc.
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- 2018 John Mulvaney Book Award ( significant contribution to Australian archaeology)
- Shortlisted, 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
- Shortlisted, 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (29 April announcement)
- Longlisted, 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (02 May announcement)
- Deep Time Dreaming is a history of Australia
- …told in stones and bones.
- Griffiths highlights in several anecdotal chapters
- ….about many illustrative archeologists (male and female)
- the basic conflict in this discipline:
- How to view the past?
- critical deep time perspective vs the past as a living heritage.
- This is a complex question of ownership and belonging.
- Strong point: The book reveals in a conversational tone
- …easy to read for a novice like me…
- the slow slow shift to deep time dreaming.
- What is Deep Time Dreaming?
- The term was coined by B. Spencer and F. Gillen (Introduction)
- It is NOT to dig in search of treasure.
- It is to seek, understand a place from fragments
- …that have survived for thousands of years.
- It is an act of wonder.
- I decided to read this book and listen to the audio. (11 hr 27 min)
- Listen to a sample of the book!
- Strong point: narrator Tom Griffiths is a delight to listen to!
- At times I was swept away by deep and profound
- sacredness of the Aboriginal people’s cultural life.
- Archeologist R.A. Gould published information/images that he promised
- ….would not be shared in his book Yiwara (1969)
- The author was on a Aboriginal ‘hit-list’ for his betrayal.
- At another time I read about the Franklin River dispute in Tasmania
- The Franklin was ‘not just a river‘
- …it has the epitome of a lost forest.
- The photo by Peter Dombrovskis
- … was the poster image during the
- explosive ecological and political debacle. (read chapter 9)
- The photo is impressive.
- …and takes me halfway across the world in
- my thoughts.
Morning Mist Rock Island Bend
- This book taught me more about Australia
- …and the rise of Aboriginal awareness by the nation,
- …it’s dedicated team of archeologists starting in 1950s
- with John Mulvaney than any other non-fiction I’ve read.
- I would highly recommend reading and listening to this book.
- With the help of Wikipedia (biographical info about archeologists)
- …and Google images this book is a magic carpet to
- …ancient Australia!
- I’ve read ALL the non-fictions shortlisted books
- …with the exception of The Erratics (not available in Netherlands).
- Deep Time Dreaming is MY CHOICE
- as winner of the non-fiction
- Douglas Stewart Prize ( NSW Literary Awards 2019)
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