Night Parrot and criticism

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Subject: Night Parrot and criticism
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 00 05:03:59 +0000
Two months ago I was in Arnhemland desperately trying to help save my 
sister-in-law who'd been accused of the murder of her husband and was in 
danger of being killed herself.  She was in seclusion, seated in a tiny 
room for weeks on end.  The day she was questioned by police I sat with 
her while a dozen men waved shovel-nosed spears outside and women 
screaming abuse smashed clubs against the wall a metre away.

Two weeks ago my relatives and I attended my sister-in-law's dead 
husband's funeral in Arnhemland where my relatives fully expected there 
to be more trouble.  The potential was there - 2-3 hundred Aboriginal 
people, among them men with spears and guns.   Luckily the dead man's 
mother was a strong woman.  She had a double flag erected signalling that 
there was to be no fighting, that the area was a place of peace.  And the 
one man who did start screaming abuse - well, not one person answered him.

Yesterday I was with grief-stricken relatives as they viewed the body of 
another man, dead before his time.  Yet again we were lucky.  At least he 
died of natural causes and so my relatives aren't terrified that they're 
going to be accused of killing him with magic, and I don't have to 
intervene between people wanting to spear each other.

Not surprisingly I find the criticisms voiced on Birding Aus  rather 
petty.  Sure Night Parrot's comments aren't agreeable to everyone but 
what the heck, he/she offers another spin on things as others have 
pointed out.

I'm not suggesting that people on Birding Aus. should have to wear the 
sorts of experience my family and I go through at times; I know that many 
of you haven't had an easy time of it anyway, and you have my heartfelt 
sympathy and best wishes.  But to those few who respond to people like 
Night Parrot with such profound negativity, I suggest you need to broaden 
your horizons.   
Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)

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