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Tchernaya Creek

Tchernaya Creek

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Tchernaya Creek

Longueur:
19 pages
18 minutes
Sortie:
Jul 3, 2017
ISBN:
9781370026449
Format:
Livre

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A white Russian woman and a native black man together in Central Queensland, Australia in the early 1900’s, was guaranteed to set tongues wagging. With a shortage of white women in the new raw colony, the fast-maturing, eye-catching Russian immigrant - Tchernaya Kreyanoff - was pledged as a teen to a local landholder: a man used to getting what he wanted, and rich enough to have others ensure those wishes were granted. Tchernaya however, was no wilting wallflower; she was fortified by her chosen man, his people and their sacred lands. On Queensland’s east coast Bruce Highway - that infamous 2000-kilometer stretch of narrow blacktop running the coast from Brisbane to Cairns – the road crosses a small Creek-bed that carries her exquisite name. Now, find out why...

Sortie:
Jul 3, 2017
ISBN:
9781370026449
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

John is a 62 year old indigenous Australian of Kabi-kabi Aboriginal, Sth-Sea-islander, Nepalese and Indian/Sri-Lankan descent. John was born in Gladstone, Qld, and worked for Qld Railways and various construction firms throughout Queensland, until injuries forced him into trying a less physical pathway. In 1990 - at thirty-six years of age - John began a BA, majoring in Literature and Aboriginal Studies. He graduated ten years later while working for CQ-University in the multi-media section. During this time John also gained a certificate in Film & Television production at AFTRS in Sydney. In 2004, after 14 years at CQU John took his family to the Aboriginal community of Aurukun, on Cape York, where he met Noel Pearson. Together they created the Higher Expectations Program (HEP): a full secondary scholarship, sponsored by Macquarie Bank’s philanthropic arm MGF, in an attempt to solve some of the huge social problems and high school dropout rate in the Cape’s indigenous remote communities. To date HEP has over 40 University graduates – all ‘firsts’ from those 18 remote communities. The program is now called the Cape York Leadership Program (CYLP), and had its 10 year anniversary in 2016. John had to stop work owing to several chronic construction work injuries. He lives in Far North Qld, and promotes his series of 10 fiction books about the 50,000 years of Aboriginal life prior 1770, through to today. He has several short stories and poems published and several more fiction stories ‘on the go’. http://thefethafootchronicles.com.au/ http://my.bookbaby.com/book/the-fethafoot-chronicles Some of John’s other publications are: 1: “The Believers: the burning man”; in – ‘Indo-Australian Anthology of Short Fiction’ 2014, AUTHORSPRESS, ISBN: 978-81-7273-824-2. 2: “Guru PP”: in – ‘From all walks of life’, 1995, Central Qld University Press, ISBN: 1 875902 03 1 3: online Poetry: “You still wonder” @: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/you-still-wonder#axzz3tDJ5tU00 4: online Poetry X 3 poems @: http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A71531 John plays guitar, photographs nature, writes poetry and songs about his people, and tries to sing occasionally. John has four children (Luke, Rain, Bindi & Yeady), ranging in ages from 18 – 40 and six wonderful grandchildren. John’s mother - ‘Aunty Lorna’ Wenitong – started the first Aboriginal Health Program in Qld out of Mt Isa in the late 1960’s and his younger Brother Mark, was one of the first indigenous Doctors in Qld, and is credited with being the mind behind the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA) in Australia.

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A tall pale-skinned woman appeared from the evening shadows surrounding the campsite as the main meal of the day was being cleaned up. There was no alarm at her appearance, no rush to get weapons - although the smallest children were hustled away simply because she was alone. From a small circle of men, an elder stood and moved toward the woman standing respectfully outside the camp’s informal boundary. Similarly, the much shorter, wizened elder seemed curious rather than troubled as he moved elegantly to her.

Welcome you our camp, woman of Russia, he said politely in broken English. The welcome initiated movement toward the camp’s fireplace where they sat on the log seats provided. What we can do for you? he asked, supposing the woman must need something to arrive at this time of day and alone.

Thank-you, your hospitality, Mr Ah-wun, the woman responded, bowing respectfully. She peered at him solemnly for a moment and then, seemingly satisfied with what she saw, she professed: I have become the wife to Nyulang Creek.

The wrinkled elder smiled, but then frowned somberly at the implications behind the statement. Yet, you are here alone? he queried.

My husband knows not I am here. He would cross with me be, she explained.

The elder raised a brow as he pondered the statements. Lee-chun was old but he was no fool. He was well aware of the problems

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