WELCOME TO COUNTRY

by Colleen Johnson
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WELCOME TO COUNTRY

by Colleen Johnson

The main character, Mavis, is an Aboriginal grandmother who is babysitting her four grandchildren. In a relaxed mood brought on by sipping red wine, she shares with her grandchildren her views created by inner emotional turmoil. She is anxious about doing a 'Welcome to Country' speech—the first in her town.

Mavis' talent for storytelling ensures that her grandchildren obediently listen. She talks about events from her past and events of Aboriginal history and briefly outlines the issues that Native Title has created for this country and community. Through justifying her views and reinforcing in her grandchildren pride in their Aboriginal identity, she comes to terms with accepting the role of public speaker—if only to support her community-minded daughter.

This title appears in:

BlakStage: Contemporary Indigenous Australian Plays

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