Author(s): Meme McDonald
BOORI MONTY PRYOR: AUSTRALIA'S CHILDREN'S LAUREATE 2012-13
An anniversary edition of a powerful Australian story.
The other day this little one asked me, 'When did you start being an Aborigine, and how old were you when you started that?' Like it was a career path or something. I just cracked up laughing.
Boori Monty Pryor's career path has taken him from the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the catwalk, the basketball court, the DJ console, and now to performance and story-telling around the country. 'You've got to try and play the whiteman's game and stay black while you're doing it,' his brother used to tell him.
With writer and photographer Meme McDonald, Boori leads you along the paths he has travelled, pausing to meet his family and friends, while sharing the story of his life, his pain and his hopes, with humour and compassion."
Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 1999.
Boori Monty Pryor is an indigenous Australian born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1950. His father is from the Birri-gubba Nation of the Bowen region and his mother's tribal group from Yarrabah, near Cairns, is the Kunggandji. Boori travels extensively as a performer and public speaker for school students and adult groups throughout Australia and overseas Boori has worked in numerous industries including education, film, television, modelling, sport and music. He has played in two World Masters Games in Basketball competition, winning a Silver Medal for Australia in 1994. In 1990 he was awarded the National Aboriginal and Islander Observance Day Committee Award for "outstanding contribution to the promotion of indigenous culture".