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Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance


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The true story of the Aboriginal resistance fighter, Jandamarra, whose legend is etched into the Australian landscape. Set in the Kimberley outback during the late nineteenth century, the last stage of Australia's invasion is played out in the lands of the Bunuba people. Leases are marked across Aboriginal country and, amidst the chaos and turmoil, extraordinary and sometimes contradictory relationships develop. A powerful collaboration between a non-Indigenous historian and the Indigenous custodians of the Jandamarra story.


Praise for Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

"Jandamarra died on his own soil defending his country. A true Australian hero. His story has it all - blood, betrayal, sex, war, family, mateship and magic; history that speaks to the present day. Howard Pedersen gives us the broad sweep and the close up, puts us into the times right at the turning points. It's a page turner."
Paul Kelly

Banjo Woorunmurra

Born in 1915 at Fairfield Station in the Kimberley region of WA, Banjo Woorunmurra (deceased) was the senior custodian of the Jandamarra story and a living repository of much of his people's history. Retiring from his working life as stockman,...

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Howard Pedersen

Howard Pedersen was a university student when he first sourced material for his thesis on the Bunuba resistance fighter, Jandamarra. A non-Indigenous collaborator, he then went on to work with Banjo Woorunmurra to record this important story. He has since...

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