Wakuwal – About the Book

End imageBY PETER BOTSMAN

The European invasion of the Great South Land is only a short while ago, measured against the beginning of time. The impact of the industrial revolution was tragic for the lives and families of many of the newcomers as well as for this continent’s original inhabitants and for the land itself.
Wakuwal (Dream) is a story of how faith kept ancient knowledge alive, how optimism endures in the face of ignorance and destruction, and how today’s descendants of both the newcomers and the first peoples are beginning a conversation, many generations overdue.
In the form of spirit beings, the narrator describes personal and historical events seen as a faerie princess from Éire, as an eagle, as an octopus, as fire, as a willy-willy, as Waniulna, a sacred dog bounding across the continent and as bäru the crocodile. A wild imagining of how things were, and how they got to be, now.
The people in the story are from the folk lore of the newcomers and the ancient South Land legends. They include figures many of us will recognise as symbolic of our own ancestors, whether black or white.
Through it all, a magic is shared by the southern and European cultures – an understanding that goes deeper than the different religions and ideologies; that has its origins in the common spirit. The crucial concept is the oneness of land, animals, humans and flora and that it is not too late to share deep knowledge and lost understanding for the benefit of all the land and people.

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