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There is a coastal tidal creek in Northern Australia in which the form of a young girl lies face down. She came to this creek as a beautiful teenager (a tjipel in the language of the area) who decided to dress as a young man, equipping herself with male clothes and hunting implements, including a spear and spear thrower. After a series of incidents the young woman became a creek. Chapter 4 puts this young woman’s ongoing existence in conversation with the desires of two other women: Linda Yarrowin, a contemporary middle-aged Indigenous woman, and Julia Gillard, the former Labor...

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