Gurindji Journey: A Japanese Historian in the Outback
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320pp. June 2011
Gurindji Journey: A Japanese Historian in the Outback
Author: Hokari, Minoru;
After immersing himself in the culture of a remote Australian Indigenous community for close to a year, the young Japanese scholar Minoru Hokari emerged with a new world view. Gurindji Journey tells of Hokari’s experience living with the Gurindji people of Daguragu and Kalkaringi in the Northern Territory of Australia, absorbing their way of life and beginning to understand Aboriginal modes of seeing and being.

This compelling book, published in English posthumously, seven years after the author’s death, is a personal, philosophical, lyrical record of Hokari’s journey into Indigenous Aboriginal culture. Part memoir, part history, part theory, Gurindji Journey is the story of Hokari’s discovery of Gurindji modes of history and historical practice. It is an inspiring work that opens up new pathways for approaching cross-cultural history, anthropology, and historical epistemology.

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“A wonderfully unusual book. . . . Hokari’s observations, stories, and account of travels and sojourns . . . shine through and make this book inviting and engaging. There are references to recent works and theories of subaltern and postcolonial history, but the author wisely takes the path of a simple observer moving through white Australian and Aboriginal culture. ‘History’ is the guiding conceptual theme, but this account is strongest as direct ethnographic learning. There are great chapter epigrams and an effort to be cosmopolitan, but this book should gain a following among Aboriginal, Japanese, and white scholarly communities for its charm.” —Choice (49:6, February 2011)

Gurindji Journey makes an important contribution to indigenous and subaltern histories without the usual dryness of academic prose. Hokari’s insights into different ways of perceiving the past are fresh and illuminating.” —Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

“A playful, whimsical opus of integrity, imagination, and breathtaking audacity, Gurindji Journey will make a significant interdisciplinary impact.” —Ann McGrath, Australian National University
Author: Hokari, Minoru;



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