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Bulmurn, medicine man to the Swan River Nyoongars, saw the skin of his people changing, saw sickness strike the children of his clan, saw traditional learning falter. Refusing to continue healing those of mixed blood, he was judged by the Trial of Spears, and cast out. Alone, Bulmurn's power increased, but when used in lethal retribution against the wadjbulla, that power precipitated the hunt for his life. Set in the early 1800s, Bulmurn: A Swan River Nyoongar is a rare and dramatic combination of historical fiction with Aboriginal tribal beliefs and legendary figures. Richard Wilkes, a descendant of the Darbalyung Nyoongar people, wrote Bulmurn from stories which were passed to him in the tradition of oral story telling.
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1800s aboriginal Australia provides the setting for this blend of historical fiction and reflection on Aboriginal tribal concerns. Bulmurn, a native medicine man, sees the ethnic heritage and traditions of his people changing. His response: to refuse to heal those of mixed blood: a decision which casts him from his tribe. Wilkes provides a poignant story of a powerful man in reacting against changing times. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description UWA Publishing, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1875560416
Book Description UWA Publishing, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1875560416