It documents the first contact some of her family group had with European settlement, when, in , they walked out of their Pintupi homelands near Lake MacKay in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia, heading east for Haasts Bluff Mission. Linda was eight years old at the time and the kilometres they travelled was largely over rugged sandhill terrain.
Orphan boy finds courage to fight the witchdoctor
As they were walking along, on of their group, the Nangkari, a highly respected medicine man and healer, and his two wives, had lagged behind a little as they approached Mt Liebig. The Nangkari, an elderly man by then, lay down and had a sleep, not seeing the windmill before he closed his eyes. His wives, however, saw it whirring around, and not knowing what it was, took off into the bush screaming.
Upon waking, the Nangkari, who had had no experience of white people, also saw the windmill with its vanes flailing in the wind and making a mighty roaring noise.
He took it to be the evil spirit, Mamu. To protect his people, he started throwing spears at it, but they just bounced back.
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How could he then support his four young orphaned sisters and brother? This was mediation, Ugandan-style. The witchdoctor, dressed in a white robe bursting at the seams and with a wristful of gold bangles, remonstrated, and waved his arms in…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.
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