Review: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss (Ed.)


Title: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Author: Anita Heiss (Ed)

Published: 16th April 2021, Black Inc

Status: Read November 2021



My Thoughts:


There is no single or simple way to define what it means to grow up Aboriginal in Australia….”

I’m having such a hard time putting together a response to reading Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. I have such a mix of emotions – I am angered, ashamed, sad, enlightened, inspired and hopeful.

Fifty contributors share their diverse experiences of growing up Aboriginal in Australia. They come from all over country, and are of varied ages, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic class.

Yet there are commonalities in their stories -the weight of intergenerational trauma, the burden of stereotypes and racism, the struggle with identity, the desire to understand and embrace their culture, kin and country.

Though the quality of the writing can be uneven, the honesty of the authors stories are affecting and powerful. They are a generous invitation to learn and gain some understanding of what it is like to be a First Nations person growing up in Australia, both then and now.

“….it’s so obvious that underneath the invisible barriers and expectations we have constructed and placed on each other, we are all brothers and sisters; we are all just pink flesh and bone.”

An informative, thought-provoking, and moving anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia is essential reading in the journey to create a new dialogue with and about Aboriginal Australians.


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

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    Dec 01, 2021 @ 06:21:31

    Great review; I also loved this book.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Liz Dexter
    Dec 02, 2021 @ 03:18:30

    Thank you for alerting us to this book; I’ve added it to my wish list and hope to get hold of it soon.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Mystica
    Dec 03, 2021 @ 00:13:50

    I can only see what seems to be such differing views on this subject via television. It sounds very confrontational, very disturbing most of the time.



  5. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 03, 2021 @ 12:03:26

    This book sounds very good and a topic that I find interesting so onto the TBR list it goes!

    Liked by 1 person


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