The Flight of the Kingfisher: Journey Among the Kukatja Aborigines

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A blend of travel, autobiography and spiritual anthropology, this is a portrait of the aboriginal people as seen through Western eyes. Furlong stayed with the community of Wirrumanu and was able to explore the Aboriginal's feelings as well as undertaking her own personal quest.

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The Kukatja live closely and unselfconsciously in a natural environment, believing that the land does not belong to them but that they belong to the land. Monica Furlong stayed among the Aboriginal community of Wirrumanu ('the flight of the kingfisher') at Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia, surrounded by the mesmerising timeless red sands.

For the Kukatja, the great red interior is like an open-air cathedral, full of a sense of sacredness. Monica Furlong explores the Aboriginals' feelings, hopes, fears and, especially, their spiritual beliefs – once scorned by Westerners, but now seen to be remarkable for their closeness to the natural world. For the author her time in the desert is also a personal quest. Affected as if by a drug by the vast, untouched inner spaces of Australia, she begins to rethink her attitudes to time and death and silence, to learn to 'sit still' as the Aborigines do, without guilt or anxiety.

'Flight of the Kingfisher' is a rare blend of travel, autobiography and spiritual anthropology which delves sensitively into Aboriginal culture and provides a fascinating portrait through 'civilized' Western eyes.

"An intriguing exploration of Western Desert art, social organisation, traditional hunting and gathering and cosmology, written with a sympathetic hand"
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

"An altogether engrossing read"
NEW SCIENTIST

"A valuable read for anyone wanting an understanding of an Australia far removed from the Opera House and Surfer's Paradise"
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About the Author:

Monica Furlong has written biographies of Thomas Merton, Alan Watts and Thérèse of Lisieux, and a book about contemplatiive prayer. She has also published five novels, three of them for children.

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