Oodgeroo: a tribute

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A Shoemaker (ed.) 1994, Oodgeroo: a tribute, University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia. Qld. ISBN: 0702228001


One of the most important Aboriginal people of her generation was Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal Tribe, Custodian of the Land Minjerriba. In the 1960s and 1970s, as Kath Walker, she became a legendary force in Australian poetry. News of her death in September 1993, at seventy-two years, was broadcast throughout the world. Despite the continuing significance of her poetry and prose, she was always far more than a writer. This tribute reflects on all aspects of her extraordinary career, from the visual artist to the Aboriginal spokesperson, performer, activist, and educator. Friends, scholars and artists give their views on Oodgeroo's life and work. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, many knew her well. Richly varied and widely ranging, this collection of essays and reminiscences is both challenging and entertaining. Accompanied by selected photographs, examples of her visual art and a bibliographical guide, this is a unique tribute to a great Aboriginal leader.