TLF ID R10098
This is an edited sound recording of an interview with Western Australian Aboriginal educator and author May O'Brien. She recalls the traditional bush lifestyle of her childhood in the eastern goldfields region of WA. She describes living in comfortable humpies made from bush materials and how she was taught traditional knowledge about bush plants and how to conserve them. She describes a period of drought and having to beg for food from non-Aboriginal people. She also says that people in her community wore no clothes at the time, and that her perception of nakedness changed on contact with Mount Margaret Mission. This recording was made in November 2008.