Elizabeth Hodgson is a fair-skinned aboriginal woman (Wiradjuri woman). She was taken from her parents at a very young age and placed in a home for fair-skinned Aboriginal children in Sydney.
The deeply evocative and moving poetry in this collection tells her story: “My story cannot be painted onto a canvas – it is a skin painting.”
Brave, haunting and evocative, Skin Painting is poetry as memoir. From her early experiences in an institution and the effect of this on her family to the illustration of her strength and independence as an adult, Elizabeth Hodgson helps make a slice of Aboriginal experience accessible and resonant.
Skin Painting explores themes of art, identity, sexuality and loneliness. It is both universal and intimate, honest and important.
Skin Painting was winner of the David Unaipon Award and was highly commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008.
They change my name, I am no longer Elizabeth Because another girl here has the same name; Now I must answer to Beth. They have given me a number, This number is tagged on my clothes My undies, socks and shoes. It is cut into the wooden towel rack, the napkin ring, it is emblazoned on my limp cloth lunch bag. Later, when I go to school Friends ask why-- I say that's my number, that's me, I am girl number one.
Get a copy now from your favourite trusted store
Further search options
Links are configured to offer you a 1-click search.
Explore more Aboriginal books
Most viewed books
Heard of these?
- Yatdjuligin - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care
- Buried Country - The Story of Aboriginal Country Music
- Different White People: Radical Activism for Aboriginal Rights 1946-1972
- Salt Creek
- Country Women and the Colour Bar
- Yorro Yorro
- Deadly D & Justice Jones: The Search
- Settlers, Servants and Slaves
- The Oldest Foods on Earth
- The Politics of Identity - Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?