Why Warriors Lie Down and Die
This book was written to provide some answers as to why the Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land face the greatest crisis in health and education since European contact. Written by Richard Trudgen, this book was developed with ARDS assistance...
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This book was written to provide some answers as to why the Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land face the greatest crisis in health and education since European contact.
Written by Richard Trudgen, this book was developed with ARDS assistance . Now in it's sixth printing, the book has been invaluable in bringing about a new sense of understanding between indigenous people and mainstream culture
The year 2000 has seen some important advances in the cause of justice for Aboriginal people in Australia. The walks for reconciliation in several major cities have provided a way in which many thousands of Australians have been able to express their opinions. The imagery of the opening of the Olympic Games gave Aboriginal people an appropriate place as the 'elders' of this ancient land. The participation of Aboriginal athletes in the Olympic games, especially Kathy Freeman, gave both non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal Australians a new pride in the Aboriginal people. But the issues raised by the health, life expectancy, the numbers of incarcerations, and so on, will not easily be resolved. A major contribution to understanding the issues has been made by Richard Trudgen in his new book Why Warriors Lie Down and Lie (Aboriginal Resources and Development Services, Darwin, 2000).
^Christian Research Association
Richard Trudgen was born at Orange, NSW in 1950. After he left school he trained as a fitter and turner in a mechanical workshop which serviced the farming community in the area. Although born and raised in Wiradjuri country he knew little of the Aboriginal people of the area except for some general knowledge. In 1973 he volunteered for twelve month's work with the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land as a fitter/mechanic. The people and their plight interested him so much that he took up community development work, spending the next 11 years at Ramingining in central Arnhem Land.Due to sickness he was finally forced to return to NSW in 1983. The next 8 years he spent running his own business while reflecting on his time in Arnhem Land. In 1992, with renewed health, he responded to a request from Yolngu leaders to return to the work in Arnhem Land. Once again under instruction from Yolngu elders he was asked to put together a team that would use different methodologies aimed at demystification or problem solving education. This educational approach is now used in all areas of health education from HIV to chronic disease, as well as the areas of commerce, economics and law. -Editorial Review.