Book Reviews: Down Among the Wild Men - The Narrative Journal of Fifteen Years Pursuing the Old Stone Age Aborigines of Australia's Western Desert by John Greenwaycategories: Books, Anthropology, Australia, aborigines
Down Among the Wild Men, By Prof J GreenwayThis is one of the greatest books ever written on our 'roots'. You mite also want to google Norman Tindale who mapped every Aboriginal Tribe in Australia. [by joe mck]
A Professor for All Seasons, for All AgesProfessor Greenway, a rare iconoclast on a campus where groupthink (liberal) is imposed on faculty and students alike, is the single teacher of my life I most remember and most treasure. I've read all his books, and reread his opus, Down Among the Wild Men, periodically. Professor Greenway saw more nobility and more to admire among the "primitive" Aborigines of Australia than among most of the effete hippies and "women lippers" he saw at CU-Boulder. He delighted in showing his documentary film of an Aborigine boy being "cut", and seeing the wimpy white boys in his class squirm and flinch. One of his favorite films was "Walkabout". Check it out.
Rest in Peace, Professor"The Wild Men" is one of those books I reread every 5 or 8 years. Greenway saw in the primitive Aborigines a nobility that modern "whitefella" has lost. Even 30-plus years after my last class with John Greenway, I still have so many of the professor's maxims embedded in my brain, witticisms and truisms (he hated the word "truism") that slammed into my young CU student's skull and stuck. Like, "the purpose of religion is to make people behave." Like, "morality is whatever conduces to the survival of the group." Like, "stout fences make for brave dogs."
At the time I didn't fully appreciate his brilliance, but still I loved the man. I loved his wit, his intelligence, his guitar, his slide shows that comprised the bulk of his anthropology lectures before hundreds of young skulls. I will never forgive the left-wing establishment at CU-Boulder for persecuting the man because he dared to think differently than they. Rest in peace, my good professor.
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