However, the interview reminded me that I hadn't publicised Judy's amazing book for some time now. This is the book that in large part inspired me to work in this field. Here's a description of Trauma Trails, Recreating Song Lines: The Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia.
'Providing a startling answer to how to the questions of how to solve the problems of generational trauma, Trauma Trails moves beyond the rhetoric of victimhood, and provides inspiration for anyone conceded with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities today. Beginning with the issues of colonial dispossession, Judy Atkinson also sensitively deals with the trauma caused by abuse, alcoholism and drug dependency.
Then, through the use of a culturally appropriate research approach called Dadirri: listening to one another, Judy presents and analyses the stories of a number of Indigenous people. From these "stories of pain, stories of healing", she is able to point both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous readers in the direction of change and healing.'
This book is essential reading for any person working in the field of Indigenous health and wellbeing. To me, Judy's Voice is like an oasis in a large desert. Few people in Australia (and elsewhere) understand the impact of generational trauma through colonisation - and its consequences - or how this trauma can be healed.