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Bruce Sims

Bruce Sims reviews 3 books

February 2003, no. 248 01 February 2003
What is the significance of these stories told by apparently unremarkable people? One thread lies in recording times not quite past, but still enduring amidst vast changes. Their common quality is stoicism, an ability to keep going, in the face of monumental shifts, not just the technological ones that we have all faced in the last century, but huge transformations to cultural life. ... (read more)

Bruce Sims reviews 'Aboriginal Australia & the Torres Strait Islands: Guide to Indigenous Australia' by Sarina Singh

December 2001–January 2002, no. 237 01 December 2001
Last year, escaping the Olympics in Europe, I was amazed at the media coverage overseas, which always included Australian Indigenous motifs, art, dance and music. It seemed that, beyond Australia, its Indigenous people have a prominence and clout never realised at home. I hope that, in addition to the earnest German and Japanese backpackers who might use it, many Australians will read and employ t ... (read more)