Legacies of Indigenous Resistance: Pemulwuy, Jandamarra and Yagan in Australian Indigenous Film, Theatre and Literature

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This book explores the ways in which Australian Indigenous filmmakers, performers and writers work within their Indigenous communities to tell the stories of early Indigenous resistance leaders who fought against British invaders and settlers, thus keeping their legacies alive and connected to community in the present. It offers the first comprehensive and trans-disciplinary analysis of how the stories of Pemulwuy, Jandamarra and Yagan (Bidjigal, Bunuba and Noongar freedom fighters, respectively) have been retold in the past forty years across different media. Combining textual and historical analysis with original interviews with Indigenous cultural producers, it foregrounds the multimodal nature of Indigenous storytelling and the dynamic relationship of these stories to reclamations of sovereignty in the present. It adds a significant new chapter to the study of Indigenous history-making as political action, while modelling a new approach to stories of frontier resistance leaders and providing a greater understanding of how the decolonizing power of Indigenous screen, stage and text production connects past, present and future acts of resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Number of pages241
ISBN (Electronic)9781788745437
ISBN (Print)9781788745413
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAustralian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
PublisherPeter Lang
ISSN (Print)2297-8194


  • Pemulwuy
  • Indigenous performing arts
  • Indigenous media
  • Eora history
  • Decolonising historiographies
  • Australian Indigenous history
  • Indigenous sovereignty
  • Indigenous literature
  • Yagan
  • Noongar history
  • Jandamarra
  • Indigenous resistance
  • Indigenous film
  • Bunuba history

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