Gurindji Journey: A Japanese Historian in the Outback by Minoru Hokari

By Minoru Hokari

After immersing himself within the tradition of a distant Australian Indigenous group for as regards to a 12 months, the younger jap student Minoru Hokari emerged with a brand new global view. Gurindji Journey tells of Hokari’s adventure residing with the Gurindji humans of Daguragu and Kalkaringi within the Northern Territory of Australia, soaking up their lifestyle and starting to comprehend Aboriginal modes of seeing and being.

This compelling e-book, released in English posthumously, seven years after the author’s loss of life, is a private, philosophical, lyrical list of Hokari’s trip into Indigenous Aboriginal tradition. half memoir, half heritage, half conception, Gurindji Journey is the tale of Hokari’s discovery of Gurindji modes of heritage and ancient perform. it's an inspiring paintings that opens up new pathways for drawing close cross-cultural heritage, anthropology, and old epistemology.

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Gurindji Journey: A Japanese Historian in the Outback

After immersing himself within the tradition of a distant Australian Indigenous neighborhood for with reference to a yr, the younger eastern pupil Minoru Hokari emerged with a brand new global view. Gurindji trip tells of Hokari’s adventure residing with the Gurindji humans of Daguragu and Kalkaringi within the Northern Territory of Australia, soaking up their lifestyle and commencing to comprehend Aboriginal modes of seeing and being.

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I’m not arguing at all that we should abandon positivist research because it’s old-fashioned. In the case of Indigenous Australian history, there is a heated debate over the mass killing of Aboriginal people by white settlers. For example, when Indigenous Australians say that several hundred were killed at a certain location, in the absence of documentary material, what happened there is called into question. Those who take the so-called revisionist-denialist stance insist that such mass killings are mere fabrications by leftist historians and that very few Indigenous Australians were actually killed.

The idea for the exhibition came from a friend and curator at the museum, Irumi Sasakura. She believes that ‘just as Hokari-san had been “called by the Country”, I too was “called” by some place to put on this exhibition’. ✱ For all these years, I have continued to write to his friends, his readers and donors on the anniversary of his passing in May, on his birthday in July and at Christmas time every year. I always have something new to share. None of the above events could have been organised without the help of numerous friends, both his and mine.

Those who take the so-called revisionist-denialist stance insist that such mass killings are mere fabrications by leftist historians and that very few Indigenous Australians were actually killed. Many simply died because they were constitutionally weak, they say, and even in cases in which the whites did kill them, it was in self-defence because the Indigenous Australians had attacked first. Academic historians who have collected Aboriginal oral histories, including myself, have recorded many, many stories about specific locations where people were killed.

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