Special Issue/Édition spéciale 1994

Three Generations of Women: Learning and Schooling Amongst the Adnyamathanha

Gillian Weiss
University of Adelaide
Published November 30, 1994
How to Cite
Weiss, Gillian. 1994. “Three Generations of Women: Learning and Schooling Amongst the Adnyamathanha”. Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire De l’éducation 6 (3). https://doi.org/10.32316/hse/rhe.v6i3.4623.


This paper arises from the stories of three Adnyamathanha women of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. They are three generations of a single family, mother, daughter, and granddaughter. The stories do not represent their whole lives but only limited aspects, particularly in relation to their childhoods, their culture(s) and some of the ways they acquired their knowledge(s), and the ways in which they strive to use, retain, and preserve them in their daily living and perceived futures. Their stories were told to me, in their own words, in a series of taped interviews. As such, they represent a portion of each woman's recall and remembering of parts of her own life as well as parts of the lives of the other two, for all three have lived and interacted together and for each to separate herself out from the others as a totally isolated entity is impossible. Each exists in a myriad of relationships either in past or present reality, or in future possibility; each is mother, wife, daughter, granddaughter, and sister.