Jandamarra is a legend of the Bunuba people. He led one of the longest and most successful campaigns to defend Aboriginal country in Australian history before being gunned down while still in his twenties.
This is his story, as told by Steve Hawke and developed from the stories of the Bunuba people and from the book, Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance by Howard Pedersen and Banjo Woorunmurra. Following his journey into manhood and his attempts to escape his family and culture before becoming a leader for his people, Jandamarra seamlessly combines traditional storytelling, dance and song in a culturally illuminating, emotionally stirring and linguistically captivating reimagining of his story.
From child to a mystic resistance leader, Steve Hawke has written a superb portrayal of the famous Aboriginal rebellion leader and his spiritual awakening. Jandamarra is a work integral to understanding Australian history and the conflicts that have shaped our national identity.
"Jandamarra was a Bunuba man who came to be known as the black Ned Kelly, and his little-known story has been told in a work written by Steve Hawke, son of former prime minister Bob Hawke."