Boori Monty Pryor
Allen & Unwin, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
What do you do when you are expected to review a book like this when you know you don’t have the knowledge, the skills or even the authority to do so? And the text is so lyrical, the illustrations so sublime and the message so powerful that you just feel overwhelmed.
You let the words of others do your work because you know they will convey the power and the beauty so much better.
This is from its blurb…
This is a book for everybody. Welcome! Take a seat! And listen carefully, because this story has a heartbeat. Can you feel it, there in your chest?
Legendary storyteller Boori Monty Pryor invites us to travel with him from the first footsteps through 80,000+ years of strength, sickness, and immense possibility.
From the very first stories and art, to dance, language, and connection with the land, Boori offers a powerful, beautiful, and deeply rich account of Australia’s true history, drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, and on his generous instinct to teach and heal.
An exquisitely illustrated celebration of the power of storytelling to unite us, how nature connects us, and the wonderful truth that the medicine needed for healing lies within us all.
And finally this – the explanation of the mesmerising, thought-provoking afterword on which the whole book was founded…