This collection explores the constructed nature of history and its intersections with oral narrative, testimony and memory. The essays delve into the complexities of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships involved in the production and circulation of Indigenous histories. The discussions of collaboration and entanglement in the configuring of Indigenous histories make this collection of particular relevance for those concerned with the ways Indigenous narratives negotiate the cultural domains of non-Indigenous Australia and New Zealand.
This work, on the evidence of the review alone, would have a substantive quality akin to chinese whispers. You may know the timeless military anecdote. A message is passed back to a reserve company by word of mouth. The message begins at the front as follows: "send reinforcements, we're going to advance". By the time it gets to the reserves, it has morphed into "send two-and fourpence, we're going to a dance".