Why Warriors Lie Down and Die
Why Warriors Lie Down and Die is essential reading for anyone interested in Indigenous peoples. It is a hands-on cross-cultural work-shop that has changed many peoples lives.
“Why Warriors Lie Down and Die gave me a very good overview of the challenges ahead, an understanding of the history, and an idea of what to expect from my Yolngu patients. I recommend the book to every new Doctor that comes to work for us. I find it to be an essential read for people that aim to work successfully and respectfully with Yolngu.”
Dr. Marco Briceno Director of Medical Services, Gove District Hospital
It offers deep insights for those who want a greater understanding of the issues involved in achieving true reconciliation. It provides hope and a new direction for those searching for the answers as to why “the problems” seem to persist in Aboriginal communities.
In Arnhem Land, as in many Indigenous communities across Australia, the situation is dire. Their health is poor, training, schooling and employment struggles and incarceration rates are high. After ten years of “Closing the Gap” little has changed.
Why Warriors Lie Down and Die continues to provide a very different fresh analysis of this crisis and offers examples of how Indigenous people can once again take control of their own lives.
Finding the real causes requires the reader to look at the situation from the other side of the cultural / language divide – the side where the Yolngu people live. The book Why Warriors Lie Down and Die takes us to that side.
Told, using a blend of critical and exploratory thinking, deep understanding of Yolngu culture, personal experience and powerful story-telling, Why Warriors continues to be used by universities and schools across the country and internationally. This is a book for every Australian and is considered by many to be the essential handbook for people working in cross-cultural environments with Aboriginal peoples.
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Why Warriors Lie Down and Die was written by Richard Trudgen in 2000. It has sold over 40,000 copies and continues to be seen as if it was written just yesterday. It is one of those books that explain the cross-cultural human interface in a way no other does.
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