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Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Smith, Alice, 1923-2012 ; Vitenbergs, Anna; Brehaut, Loreen A.


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Alice Bilari Smith lived in the Pilbara, on stations and in the bush, on government reserves and in towns. Narrowly avoiding removal from her family by ‘the Welfare’, life on the stations taught her to cook and launder, sew and clean, shoe horses, chop wood and milk cows. Her working life on stations continued as a young married woman and she added mustering, dingo scalping, shearers’ assistant and sheepyard building to her skills. Alice Bilari Smith also grew up in the ways of the country, hunting, cooking and building in the traditional manner. By the time she had five children of her own she was playing an active role in caring for other Aboriginal children and she initiated the establishment of a Homemakers Centre in Roebourne.

235 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 20 cm #0821

Smith, Alice, 1923-2012.  |  Women, Aboriginal Australian — Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians — Western Australia — Pilbara — Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians — Western Australia — Pilbara — Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians — Western Australia — Pilbara — History.  |  Occupations – Pastoral industry workers.  |  Social organisation – Kinship – Systems.  |  Law enforcement – Police conduct and attitudes.  |  Religion – Rites – Ceremonial objects.  |  Ceremonies.  |  Reproduction – Childbirth.  |  Child welfare – Child / parent separation.  |  Gender relations – Marriage.  |  History – Biographies – Indigenous – Autobiographies.  |  Food – Sociocultural aspects – Avoidance.  |  Banjima people (A53) (WA SF50-11)  |  Health – Treatments – Traditional – Clever people.  |  Politics and Government – Civil rights and citizenship.  |  Material culture – Bird feather objects and decorations.  |  Race relations – Racism – Stereotyping.  |  Children – Care and nurturing.  |  Stories and motifs – Eagles / hawks / crows.  |  Gender relations – Gender roles.  |  Death – Mortuary customs.  |  Pilbara (W.A.) — Biography.  |  Rocklea Station (WA West Pilbara SF 50-03)  |  Yirramagadu / Roebourne (WA West Pilbara SF50-03)  |  Pilbara area (WA SF50, SF51, SG50)  |  Wyloo (WA West Pilbara SF50-10)  |  Australian

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AuthorSmith, Alice, 1923-2012 ; Vitenbergs, Anna; Brehaut, Loreen A.
Number of pages235 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 20 cm
PublisherFremantle Press
Year Published2015
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