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Balanda: My Year in Arnhem Land

by Mary Ellen Jordan

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At 26, Mary Ellen Jordan left Melbourne's inner city to spend a year working in Maningrida, a coastal Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. She made the journey expecting to work side by side with the indigenous community, thinking she would be of some use. But nothing, it turned out, would be that simple.
Staring across the sharp social and cultural divide between the two races, Jordan would struggle to learn what it was to be a Balanda in Maningrida, a place that would challenge her perceptions of race, culture, political correctness, art, language, and whiteness.
This is a moving story told with both boldness and a lightness of touch by a talented new voice in Australian writing.
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Summary: Mary Ellen Jordan left her Melbourne city life to spend fourteen months in Maningrida, a coastal community in Arnhem Land. A place that would challenge her perceptions of race, culture, political correctness, art, language, and whiteness.

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