Seven Seasons in Aurukun

My unforgettable time at a remote Aboriginal school

Paula Shaw
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A well-crafted memoir of a young woman who spends two years teaching at the school at Aurukun in Cape York paints a colourful picture of life in a remote Aboriginal community in the sweltering tropics.

Paula Shaw recounts her experiences of two years teaching at the school at Aurukun in Cape York. She paints a colourful picture of life in a remote Aboriginal community in the sweltering tropics. With the place itself as much of a character as her colleagues, the traditional owners and the eccentric whitefellas who congregate in faraway places, it is a taste of the intensity of relationships in a small community.

Seven Seasons in Aurukun also offers an insight into the everyday realities of alcoholism, violence and welfare dependency in Aboriginal communities, and the struggle to make a difference in the face of such chronic problems. Yet we also see the persistence efforts of community leaders to improve their circumstances and maintain culture, and the small achievements that make the difference between survival and going under.

Seven Seasons in Aurukun is the runner up to the 2007 Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues.

Author bio:

Paula Shaw has taught in schools in Brisbane and Sydney as well as in the remote Aboriginal community of Aurukun in Cape York. She now works as a social researcher in Sydney.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781741757071
Awards: Long-listed The John Button Prize 2009 AU
Table Of Contents: Author's note

Eight streets

FIRST TERM

1 Aurukun arrival

2 Ugly face fuckin' arsehole slut

3 Roll call

4 Wide blue sky

5 Big river country

6 Love River

TERM TWO

7 Pigs and honey

8 Season of plenty

9 Henny the coconutter

TERM THREE

10 Open house

11 Friday

12 Frankie versus the PM

TERM FOUR

13 Giving chase

14 Mango season

15 Up river

16 Rich task

17 Dance with me

18 Halfway

19 Away

TERM ONE

20 Oh crappy day

21 Kaap - wet season

22 History project

23 Election day

24 Mr Mayor

TERM TWO

25 J-A-M spells honey

26 One less thing

27 Netball season

28 Last chance Raymond

TERM THREE

29 Big blue

30 Burial ground

31 The kiss

32 End of term - Sydney

TERM FOUR

33 Letting go

34 Home straight

35 Believe

Acknowledgments
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2009
Page Extent: 264
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Autobiography: general

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