AIATSIS and Red Kangaroo Books are delighted to be hosting Kanakiya Myra Ah Chee to celebrate the release of her memoir Nomad Girl at Red Kangaroo Books.
Saturday, 27 November at 2pm
The book will be available for purchase and the author will be available to answer your questions and to sign copies of her book. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, please contact our team at Red Kangaroo Books on 08 8953 2137 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Oodnadatta Country – I can still see it, in my mind’s eye, exactly as it was back in my time. The ‘There are so many stories to tell of my life, and sometimes I think they are not of importance, but they are, because often it is the little details that are the most important. I still remember every detail. [Like] Oodnadatta Country – I can still see it, in my mind’s eye, exactly as it was back in my time. The Country still calls me back to where I was born, a very exposed and stony land, but I still love it. That’s where my spirit is.’ Kanakiya Myra Ah Chee was born at Oodnadatta in remote South Australia in 1932. When her mother tragically died Myra was only eight. Her grieving father gathered up the remaining family and walked north – away from her childhood home. They spent years as nomads, travelling with the camels that were her father’s livelihood, up and down the Finke River. Her father sought work where and when he could, while he looked after his children, teaching them about the bush, their culture and life. It was a childhood of freedom, bush tucker, bush games, fires, stories at night and sleeping under the stars – at times idyllic but, at other times, terrifying and tragic. Myra’s father was a safe and reassuring presence, but when he decided education was the key to his children’s future, Myra’s life was changed forever. ‘My family pulled all their strengths together from the bush life and from school education. We have shown how it is possible to be successful in life, bringing both sides of our cultures into line.’