The Passing of the Aborigines Author:Daisy Bates Grandmother to a Doomed People — The Aborigines of Australia are a unique - and vanishing - link with mankind's past. The Passing of the Aborigines is the story of a remarkable young woman, Daisy Bates, who went to live among them to study their ways and ease the pain of their losing battle for survival. For thirty-five years, this extraordinar... more »y Irishwoman lived alone in the desert wilderness, caring for the primitive people around her and earning from them the nickname "Kabbarli" (Grandmother).
In this book, Daisy Bates describes becoming a "blood brother" and assisting at tribal ceremonies normally forbidden to the eyes of women. She tells how she herself dug the grave of a cannibal chief who in his lifetime had eaten four infants and five wives. And she draws a moving portrait of a doomed people, whom she knew as no white person can ever know them again.« less