The pieces in this seminal collection represent almost four decades of writing by historian and activist Jackie Huggins. These essays, speeches, and interviews combine both the public and the personal in a bold trajectory tracing one Murri woman’s journey towards self-discovery and human understanding. As a widely respected cultural educator and analyst, Huggins offers an Aboriginal view of the history, values, and struggles of Indigenous people. Sister Girl reflects on many important and timely topics, including identity, activism, leadership, and reconciliation. It challenges accepted notions of the appropriateness of mainstream feminism in Aboriginal society and of white historians writing Indigenous history. Jackie Huggins’ words, then and now, offer wisdom, urgency and hope.
About the Author
Dr. Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, a member of the Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru peoples, is currently leading the work for Treaty/Treaties in Queensland, Australia. In popular demand as a speaker on Aboriginal issues, she is a well-known historian and author, with articles published widely in Australia and internationally. Her acclaimed biography of her mother, Auntie Rita, was published in 1994. Keeping it in the family, in 2022 her biography of her father, Jack of Hearts: QX11594 will be published.
‘Classic writing from a renowned Blak historian.’ —Melissa Lucashenko
‘A book we all need to read. It challenges, inspires, and reminds us that change happens when we have the courage to act.’ —June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
‘Powerful words and ideas from this inspiring woman, my long-time friend and Sista.’ —Pat Anderson AO, Chair, Lowitja Institute
‘I encourage everyone to read this book by a fellow strong Bidjara Woman that I’m very proud to call Sister Girl.’ —Keelen Mailman, author of The Power of Bones