Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss


  • Harry Hartog Australian National University
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Heiss’s indelible novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is a reclamation of culture and language, reflecting Australia’s colonial history through the perspective of First Nations people. Based on true events and centred around the Wiradyuri language and country, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray focuses on the life of Wagadhaany before and after the brutality of white settlers. Wagadhaany endures cruel separation from her family, country and language as part of the dehumanising colonial policies, whilst finding love with Wiradjuri stockman Yindyamarra, but always yearning to return home. A stirring and edifying read. Jess