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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and society has existed on this continent for millennia. It's a culture that manifests itself as the ultimate example of resilience, strength and beauty. It’s also a culture that has consistently been led by its women. My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and h Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and society has existed on this continent for millennia. It's a culture that manifests itself as the ultimate example of resilience, strength and beauty. It’s also a culture that has consistently been led by its women. My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast, Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations’ women that Marlee weaves through the book provide a rebuttal to the idea that 'you can’t be what you can’t see'. For non-Indigenous women, it demonstrates the diversity of what success can look like and offers an insight into the lives of their Indigenous sisters and peers. Featuring colourful artwork by artist Rachael Sarra, this book is a celebration of the Indigenous female experience through truth-telling. Some stories are heart-warming, while others shine a light on the terrible realities for many Australian Indigenous women, both in the past and in the present. But what they all share is the ability to inspire and empower, creating a sisterhood for all Australian women. Also features foreword by Helpmann and AACTA award-winning actor Leah Purcell.


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and society has existed on this continent for millennia. It's a culture that manifests itself as the ultimate example of resilience, strength and beauty. It’s also a culture that has consistently been led by its women. My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and h Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and society has existed on this continent for millennia. It's a culture that manifests itself as the ultimate example of resilience, strength and beauty. It’s also a culture that has consistently been led by its women. My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast, Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations’ women that Marlee weaves through the book provide a rebuttal to the idea that 'you can’t be what you can’t see'. For non-Indigenous women, it demonstrates the diversity of what success can look like and offers an insight into the lives of their Indigenous sisters and peers. Featuring colourful artwork by artist Rachael Sarra, this book is a celebration of the Indigenous female experience through truth-telling. Some stories are heart-warming, while others shine a light on the terrible realities for many Australian Indigenous women, both in the past and in the present. But what they all share is the ability to inspire and empower, creating a sisterhood for all Australian women. Also features foreword by Helpmann and AACTA award-winning actor Leah Purcell.

30 review for My Tidda, My Sister: Stories of Strength and Resilience from Australia's First Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    I did not know what to expect when I picked up this beautifully presented book. Marlee Silva, author and host of Tiddas4Tiddas, has brought together the experiences of several Indigenous women and girls, Rachael Sarra has surrounded the stories with colourful, vibrant artwork. The stories are inspiring: full of hope and courage, as well as recognition of the difficult reality of life for many Indigenous people. Two things stood out for me. The first is the need to share the success stories. It is I did not know what to expect when I picked up this beautifully presented book. Marlee Silva, author and host of Tiddas4Tiddas, has brought together the experiences of several Indigenous women and girls, Rachael Sarra has surrounded the stories with colourful, vibrant artwork. The stories are inspiring: full of hope and courage, as well as recognition of the difficult reality of life for many Indigenous people. Two things stood out for me. The first is the need to share the success stories. It is the success stories that will provide the positive role models and inspire others. The second was this reflection on Australia Day: ‘It is important to stress, though, I will still feel unable to celebrate Australia on any day, if the date change isn’t accompanied by a change in attitudes and actions.’ It is obvious, isn’t it? So obvious that most of us have missed this critically important issue. What are we celebrating, and why? There are thoughts about identity and belonging, about connection to culture. Different experiences. And there is this perspective: ‘For a lot of women, but particularly women of colour or other minority backgrounds, imposter syndrome is something they face every day when they find success in what they do, or step out from the expectations broader society has of them. It refers to an overwhelming sense that you don’t deserve to receive recognition or praise or to have opportunities you’ve received or be on particular platforms.’ How many of you can relate to this? Be inspired, and don’t forget to share your success stories. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sian Santiago

    Uplifting and beautiful, this book provides a unique opportunity to experience the stories of fierce women through the eyes of Marlee Silva. I enjoyed reading stories of experiences from close to where I grew up as a number of participants are from the Sutherland Shire. I also reflected upon the impacts of being one of only a small few Indigenous students in a school setting and how important it is for educators to boost these students’ outcomes and support their wellbeing. I look forward to usi Uplifting and beautiful, this book provides a unique opportunity to experience the stories of fierce women through the eyes of Marlee Silva. I enjoyed reading stories of experiences from close to where I grew up as a number of participants are from the Sutherland Shire. I also reflected upon the impacts of being one of only a small few Indigenous students in a school setting and how important it is for educators to boost these students’ outcomes and support their wellbeing. I look forward to using this text to support my teaching of indigenous perspectives within my own classroom and passing it on to all the deadly tiddas that I know.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Fealy

    Wow!! I read this book in one sitting and I have never felt more inspired, connected and confident about the future of our Indigenous women. I have only newly discovered by Aboriginality and this book has come at the perfect time. Reading the stories of each amazing tidda has made me feel more connected and at peace with my Aboriginal identity. Whether you are Indigenous or not, this book is an amazing insight into the thought processes and lives of Indigenous people, especially our amazing women Wow!! I read this book in one sitting and I have never felt more inspired, connected and confident about the future of our Indigenous women. I have only newly discovered by Aboriginality and this book has come at the perfect time. Reading the stories of each amazing tidda has made me feel more connected and at peace with my Aboriginal identity. Whether you are Indigenous or not, this book is an amazing insight into the thought processes and lives of Indigenous people, especially our amazing women. You should be so proud Marlee!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    A beautiful celebration of the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

  5. 5 out of 5

    WellRead

    A beautifully packaged hardback that shares the experiences of Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations' women that Marlee weaves through the book provide a rebuttal to the idea that 'you can't be what you can't see'. For non-Indigenous women, it demonstrates the diversity of what success can look like and offers insight into the lives of their Indigenous sisters and peers. Featuring colourful artwork A beautifully packaged hardback that shares the experiences of Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations' women that Marlee weaves through the book provide a rebuttal to the idea that 'you can't be what you can't see'. For non-Indigenous women, it demonstrates the diversity of what success can look like and offers insight into the lives of their Indigenous sisters and peers. Featuring colourful artwork by Goreng Goreng artist Rachael Sarra, this book is a celebration of the Indigenous female experience through truth-telling. Some stories are heart-warming, others shine a light on the terrible realities for many Australian Indigenous women, both in the past and today. But what they all share is the ability to inspire and empower, creating a sisterhood that all Australian women can be part of.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Esther King

    A powerful set of stories and pieces of life advice from Indigenous women, this book is a marvelous resource for those looking to expand their understanding of life as an Indigenous woman, and how to navigate the entrenched discrimination that pervades our society. This book wasn't necessarily one that was written for me, but it holds valuable lessons about how to make sure that I am not part of the problem as best I can be. I thought there was so much to learn in here, and it's fascinating to g A powerful set of stories and pieces of life advice from Indigenous women, this book is a marvelous resource for those looking to expand their understanding of life as an Indigenous woman, and how to navigate the entrenched discrimination that pervades our society. This book wasn't necessarily one that was written for me, but it holds valuable lessons about how to make sure that I am not part of the problem as best I can be. I thought there was so much to learn in here, and it's fascinating to get such an insight from incredibly strong and resilient women who have built an amazing community online from scratch (and offline too!).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    What an inspiring piece of art. I feel weird giving a non fiction book a rating because it's literally their life story. How am I supposed to rate that. But I really enjoyed reading all the different relays from each generation of the First Nation. And how future Blak women are going to change the world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    Heart-breaking, inspiring, powerful, and uplifting. A book that fiercely celebrates the strength of culture and storytelling. Highly recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luce Puce

    What a lovely, sweet and empowering book filled with great stories of powerful young Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander women. Great read, particularly with the end of NAIDOC week this week!

  10. 5 out of 5

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