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Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures

Kuma Kelage, daughter of a Chimbu chieftain, was there when the world changed. From her quiet mountain village in the New Guinea Highlands, she took change by the hand and led it. Kuma defied tradition and married a white Australian. With her precious golden child, Ba, she travelled beyond the boundaries of her home to enter a modern world. This remarkable story of Mama Kuma is told by Ba's daughter with love and humour, and with the insight of the colonised. It tells the wonder of one woman's journey through two cultures. 'Deborah Carlyon's strength is to tell the story with a clarity and toughness that avoids the nostalgic, the accusations, or the romantic ... a remarkable social document and a significant contribution to post-colonial literature.' Judges' Report Queensland Premier's Literary Awards


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Kuma Kelage, daughter of a Chimbu chieftain, was there when the world changed. From her quiet mountain village in the New Guinea Highlands, she took change by the hand and led it.

Kuma defied tradition and married a white Australian. With her precious golden child, Ba, she travelled beyond the boundaries of her home to enter a modern world. This remarkable story of Mama Kuma is told by Ba's daughter with love and humour, and with the insight of the colonised. It tells the wonder of one woman's journey through two cultures.

'Deborah Carlyon's strength is to tell the story with a clarity and toughness that avoids the nostalgic, the accusations, or the romantic ... a remarkable social document and a significant contribution to post-colonial literature.' - Judges' Report Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
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ISBN 9780702233203
Pages 220
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Binding Paper B Format