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John J. Bradley

John J. Bradley

John Bradley is an Associate Professor at Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University. He has worked for forty-four years as a researcher and collaborator with the Yanyuwa, Marra and Garrwa people of the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory. His research concerns knowledge and ways of understanding Australia that sit contrary to the normal colonial narratives. He has written a number of books including the award-winning Singing Salt Water Country. He is also the head of Wunungu Awara: Animating Indigenous Knowledges, that uses animation to facilitate cross-generational learning in Indigenous communities where languages are critically endangered. He speaks three Indigneous languages: Yanyuwa, Garrwa and Kriol. 

John J. Bradley reviews two new books on the Tiwi Islands

October 2023, no. 458 24 September 2023
Just to north of Darwin is the country of the Tiwi people, spread over Bathurst and Melville Islands. These two new books give voice to Tiwi oral traditions and to the power and resonance within that tradition of orality that encompasses song, narrative, and the ways in which they sustain family and relationships to ancestors and to kin. The Old Songs Are Always New: Singing traditions of the Tiw ... (read more)