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Old Man's Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie
One of Bill Neidjie’s legacies is the creation of the world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park, now a resource for all. Old Man’s story is another. Neidjie broke with tradition and committed his knowledge to book form where his words are complemented by Lang's beautiful landscape photos. It is a powerful contribution to the history of northern Australia, told by an iconic figure.
As the last remaining speaker of the Gagudju language, Bill Neidjie recorded aspects of his life for younger Gagadju, to help them look after their country and remember its stories - and for non-Aboriginal people. This beautifully nuanced, impressionistic account allows Neidjie to gently emphasise his passion for the land, the significance of traditional practices and the hope that his culture would flourish and be passed on. Shaped by the seasons, Old Man’s story provides readers with insights into the annual transformations of landscape so integral to his story.