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Riding the Black Cockatoo [Kindle Edition]

John Danalis
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Danalis's quietly thoughtful but spellbinding account, which I read compulsively in less than 24 hours, is full of these neat, unexpected twists...



Most books are full of echoes of other books, but the deliciously fresh Riding the Black Cockatoo is not remotely like anything else I have ever read. Even the imagery sparkles...



Despite its newness, Riding the Black Cockatoo is a GCSE English set text with effect from this autumn, having been chosen, very unusually, before it was even published in the UK. I suspect a lot of teachers and teenagers will be blown away by it. (Independent on Sunday)

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This is the compelling story of how the skull of an Aboriginal man, found on the banks of the Murray River over 40 years ago, came to be returned to his Wamba Wamba descendants. It is a story of awakening, atonement, forgiveness and friendship. 'It is as if a whole window into Indigenous culture has blown open, not just the window, but every door in the house,' says John Danalis. Part history, part detective story, part cultural discovery and emotional journey, this is a book for young and old, showing the transformative and healing power of true reconciliation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding the Black Cockatoo 7 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I selected this book, somewhat tentatively to read as a contribution to Indigenous Literature Week. I am so glad I did. It was a great choice and this is a book that I know I shall read again.

Firstly, this is a story that is currently on the UK senior school reading list. It makes a refreshing changing from Hamlet and Mice and Men which were on the reading list when I was doing my English Lit exams in the mid 1980s. Secondly, as I got into the story I felt that I needed to read with a paper and pen at my side to jot down some things that I could look up.

The story is essentially triggered by event that happened when John was a mature student at university in 2005. He selected a class that focused on Indigenous reading as he had several times in the past. Each previous time he had changed his mind and moved to a different class. This time it was different.

As so many of us do, John spoke something and then wished he had not.What he shared with his fellow class mates was that as he was growing up, his parents, well actually his father, had acquired the skull of an Aborigine. The very moment he says that sentence the eyes of his class mates are upon him, each one showing their horror at the fact.

The skull had been nicked named Mary, although it was later established that the deceased individual had been male and had died from syphilis. What follows next is that John seeks the skull at his parents home whilst they are away and then begins the journey on recovering the skull from his parents and returning the skull to the area and tribe that he came from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now!!! 5 May 2010
By Haddock
Format:Paperback
A fabulous book, covering a contemporary and difficult topic in a thoughtful and serious way, but with panache and verbal flair. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it as a great read. The author describes his experiences of his self-imposed journey to return an Aboriginal skull that rested on his father's mantelpiece to the man's living relatives.

John Danalis is an honest and a thoughtful writer, and the vivid and direct nature of his language holds the reader's attention throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding the Black Cockatoo 15 Feb 2012
By P Noble
Format:Paperback
A really interesting personal account of a uniquely contemporary dilemma, following the author's painful reconciliation of his personal history as a part of Australia's 'growing pains of race and colour'. Definitely a text I shall be reading again, and soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read!! 25 Feb 2014
By Belinda
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This is a very important book in my mind. A real life insight. A cultural journey, a lesson to us all...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review 9 Jan 2014
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Daughter needed it for English lessons at college so that was the reason it was purchased not because it was something she wanted to read
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