Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

by

Doris Pilkington

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The spirit of an Aboriginal ancestor. When white settlers began to arrive in Australia, many Aboriginals believed them to be gengas, and therefore welcomed them with respect and reverence.

Genga Quotes in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence quotes below are all either spoken by Genga or refer to Genga. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Queensland Press edition of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence published in 2013.
Chapter 3 Quotes

The Nyungar people, and indeed the entire Aboriginal population, grew to realize what the arrival of the European settlers meant for them: it was the destruction of their traditional society and the dispossession of their lands.

Related Characters: Doris Pilkington (speaker)
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:
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Genga Term Timeline in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

The timeline below shows where the term Genga appears in Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The First Military Post
Racism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
...Nyungar people had welcomed them with respect and kindness because they thought the men were “gengas”—spirits of their tribe’s ancestors. (full context)
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Loss, Dispossession, and Reclamation Theme Icon
Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
...pale men in “strange scarlet jackets.” Kundilla’s sons insist that these men must truly be gengas. As Kundilla watches the commotion below, he sees two Nyungar men being taken out to... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Swan River Colony
Racism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Family, Culture, and Identity Theme Icon
Altruism vs. Cruelty Theme Icon
Back at camp, Yellagonga has called a meeting to discuss the strange men—the gengas—who have been coming to Aboriginal land “for a long, long time.” Yellagonga’s grandfather had told... (full context)