Mar 14, 2018

Deborah Cheetham is done with ‘cleaning up the mess of a white man’

While the furore may have died down surrounding poor and inaccurate research in a book detailing Indigenous women musicians, Deborah Cheetham says the issue is an exhausting and common one that Indigenous Australians face regularly.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran — Associate editor

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Associate editor

Last week a ripple of anger tore through Australia's music world. It was announced that Deadly Woman Blues, a book profiling Indigenous women musicians, was set to be recalled due to inaccuracies and poor research.

Authored by long-time music writer Clinton Walker, the book will soon fall out of the headlines, with publisher NewSouth Books removing it from shelves and attempting to redress the issue. But for Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham, the events of last week are not just a singular burst of energy, but a repeated phenomenon in which she and other Indigenous people are called upon to clean up the mistakes of non-Indigenous Australians.

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2 thoughts on “Deborah Cheetham is done with ‘cleaning up the mess of a white man’

  1. JLloyd

    Well said Deborah.

  2. catts stan

    I don,t have to read the article on Helen Clarke…..she is respected and a force to be reckoned with, and what an ambassador for the people of the world we have

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