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By: E.T. Thomas

I, Jandamarra

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Jandamarra is an aboriginal warrior of the spiritual Kimberley area of Australia, home to the tribe known as the Bunuba people. Jandamarra is a legendary hero of the 1890s known to his people as a Jalgangurru, a magic man, due to his extraordinary skills and abilities.

He is a cheeky, likeable boy, and a quick learner. At around 12 years of age, Jandamarra, named Pigeon by the whitefellas, begins working on a sheep station, where he learns to shoot, ride horses, and live among the whitefellas. These are skills which will serve him well in his manhood. He is popular among whitefellas and enjoys the excitement and movement of their way of living, but the time comes when he must return to his tribe for initiation into manhood.

Jandamarra is torn between black and white cultures. But how can he belong to two different worlds with each pulling at his loyalties? How can he be accepted by one without rejecting the other?

This powerfully spiritual story of the legendary Jandamarra is based on extensive research of people and events.

E.T. Thomas is a family person and a very active grandmother and great-grandmother with great passions for dragon-boating, travelling and outdoor

activities, as well as enjoying the more leisurely pursuits of reading, gardening

and playing bridge.

Thomas has taught children for many years and is now a semi-retired

Educational Consultant in Parkes, Australia, where she tutors alongside her

husband Bill, as well as running a charming B&B.

The novel I, Jandamarra was inspired by Thomas’s travels to the remote

Kimberley region of Australia where the land is still imbued with ancient

aboriginal spirituality.

Customer Reviews
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  • Jan

    An excellent read. Recommend highly to anyone who likes an interesting and insightful historical fiction.

  • Jeff

    Great story depicting the Aboriginal Dreamtime and the spirituality of Australia's First Nation's people.

  • Tom

    A great historical fiction for the discerning reader dealing with the meeting of black and white cultures in early Australian history.

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