Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poems

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian activist, artist, and writer. She is best known for her poetry. She passed away in September 1993 at the age of 72. She was the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of poetry.

No More Boomerang

by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

‘No More Boomerang,’ a poem by the Aboriginal Australian political activist and poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (also known as Kath Walker) features how the aboriginal culture is in crisis for the growing materialism and colonial hegemony.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal's poetry is a powerful representation of the Indigenous Australian experience and this poem in particular is important. Her works are imbued with a deep sense of cultural pride and a desire to shed light on the struggles and injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. Through her poem, Noonuccal gives voice to their stories, challenges societal norms, and advocates for equality and recognition.

No more boomerang

No more spear;

Now alll civilized-

Colour bar and beer.

 

We Are Going

by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

‘We Are Going’ by Oodgeroo Noonuccal is a powerful poem about the struggles of Aboriginal Australians in the face of British colonialism. The poem is delivered from the duel, contrasting perspectives highlighting the loss of culture, land, and history.