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Kurlumarniny: We come from the west
Monty Hale is one of the quiet achievers of Indigenous Australia, and one of its greatest intellectuals. Coming from the deserts of Western Australia, he was part of the foundational movements of Indigenous economic independence associated with sheep and cattle station strikes in the Pilbara in 1947 that culminated in the establishment of Strelley and other communities in the 1970s. He was a key person in the establishment of Strelley School, dedicated to a 'two-way' approach, teaching in Aboriginal languages (such as his own Nyangumarta) and recognising local indigenous culture alongside English and western skills.
Kurlumarniny: We Come from the West, an autobiography by an Indigenous person written in Nyangumarta and translated into English, is a rare event to be treasured. Monty Hale's choice of language flows from his immense pride in Nyangumarta and its expressive ability which encodes unique ways of looking at the world and social relations.