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Introduction PART I LIVING IN THE NOW Chapter 1 From Forgetting to Remembering Chapter 2 Transmitting Orality and Literacy as Cultural Practice PART II NEW FIGURED WORLDS Chapter 3 Mission Time: Adapting to the New Chapter 4 Everything was Different Because of the Changing Chapter 5 The Cultural Production of Literate Identities PART III PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE Chapter 6 The Meaning of Things in Time and Space Chapter 7 You Fellas Grow up in a Different World Conclusion

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Inge Kral is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at The Australian National University. Her work as an educator and researcher in Indigenous Australia for nearly three decades has ranged across literacy, applied linguistics, anthropology and new media.


An absolutely rare study of how technologies have become integrated into the lifeways of youth. The stunning detail, rich history, and keenly etched personalities make this volume a thought-provoking read. This book should be at the top of the list of anyone interested in youth, literacy, and the blend of old and new in cultures around the world.Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, USAWhat is literacy for, if it does not bring better material conditions, more opportunities for meaningful work? From inscribing stories in sand to inscribing birthday cakes, from Bible translation to bilingual education, from early morning speeches in camp to formal open letters, a rich and immensely readable description of Ngaanyatjarra reading, writing and image-making practices emerges from this book. Kral shows how literacy has evolved in these remote Western Australian communities since the 1930s, based on a large corpus of interviews, letters, literacy assessments and school population data. She concludes with glimpses of young Ngaanyatjarra learning skills in informal settings, through filming, art and computer work. The book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the ambivalence of Indigenous Australians towards formal education.Jane Simpson, The Australian National University, Australia

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