The creation of The Fethafoot Chronicles [FfC]

Cairns, FNQ, Australia, Earth, this day of October 10, 2017: “The Fethafoot Chronicles (FfC), had to be written for Australia’s holistic mental-health and future,” its author says. One of John’s heroes is David Unaipon, the aboriginal face on Australia’s fifty-dollar banknote, who said: “Perhaps some day, Australian writers will use Aboriginal myths and weave literature from them, the same as other writers have done with the Roman, Greek, Norse, and Arthurian legends”. Many years after reading this wish, I hope to have done Mr. Unaipon proud. The creation of the ten [10] stand-alone fiction books known as “The Fethafoot Chronicles” (http://thefethafootchronicles.com.au), was made possible by an accumulation of physically debilitating construction work accidents to the author (Pemulwuy Weeatunga, aka John M Wenitong, @ http://thefethafootchronicles.com.au/about-the-author/). Accidents’ that finally achieved what life had previously been unable to do: slow – new Australian aboriginal author, John M Wenitong – down enough, to write down what he imagined of a vibrant life and people prior to the 1700 colonial invasion-settlement of our first people and their sacred lands. The stories were fuelled by an explosion of verifiable facts obtained while researching Australia’s and thus, Aboriginal history, for a University Course on Aboriginal history and culture that the author was teaching as part of a BA degree. History and culture both modern and archeological but then, John says he was: ‘joyfully surprised to find details about his descendants and their sacred lands and management that were simply stunning in scope and revelation’. Suddenly, after reading about Australia’s pre-history of ice-ages, mega-fauna and volcanic activity in relation to the original inhabitant’s Dreamtime Laws (religion), that ran so irrevocably through everything and everyone in this land, John realized the enormity of what these people had created here in ‘the land down-under’ over those thousands of generations. T’were 65,000 thousand+ years of continuous occupation and successful survival for the people, the creatures and the environment – that handed modern Australia a blueprint; a practical foundation for a common, clean and successful future. It seems that these hardy intelligent people had learned to mediate, to negotiate, rather than go to violent war that forced one or the other ‘different group’ into death or slavery. That the first Australians had learned these lessons was easily exampled by the well renowned, six hundred plus distinct Tribes at first contact. Tribes that had fights, jealousies, wankers, woeful gender issues and other negative aspects to the society. However, the research also revealed many positive aspects to the concept of a huge disparate land and dignified people living under a common overall religion that included the land, the sea, the waters, the skies, the trees and all the creatures. This hardy, gifted, talented, peaceful people (there were no mass-killing weapons, nor slaves here, at first contact), had ‘gifted’ generations of holistic experience and knowledge of how to manage this land and its wonderful unique animals, and it and they were cast aside in an arrogant and superior gesture that left nothing of its pompous tone to the imagination: all for short-term, self-centered profit and long-term ownership and thus, more personal profit. From the FfC introduction: “…This trifling amount of information, should give you some idea of the Fethafoot and some of their abilities. You will discover more as you read the various Chronicles and, as the need for our hard earned, various skills occur throughout the accounts. Today, wherever you are on the great blessed, Mother’s skin – the joining place, between our world and the heavens – it’s now time to snuggle up somewhere ‘fav’, with the Mothers’ and the Great Spirit’s corporeal forms’ touching you: to give the life-giving fresh-air and perhaps if we are lucky, some of heaven’s warm, life-giving, dappled sunshine. Sit back comfortably there and utilize the fantastic gift that the pale-skinned, Ghost-people brought to our land – perhaps to yours also: the written word and the ability to decipher and understand such – which may be a small thing to the pale-skinned Ghosts, but an enormous and wonderful gift to the knowledge-hungry Fethafoot. Please – do enjoy my wonderful, adaptive, indomitable, Australian Aboriginal people’s delight, in the ability to tell our stories’ for the first time since our colorful, eventful, magical Dreaming lives began: perhaps even as far back as 100,000 years ago. The following Chronicles are true and although not in chronological order, they have been faithfully recorded just as they were handed down through my Clan: and now, with the three R’s of; ritin, readin an rithmatic being commonplace among my people also – they are now available for all Australians to enjoy – and to example, the mostly unknown treasures of your ancient people’s vibrant past. And also, to reveal the largely unheard of, moral and ethical heart of my people, from Dreamtime to contemporary times in our exciting, continuously changing, wonderful part of the Mother that we believe we were made care-takers of: until She too will pass,”…

lonely caves on mountaintop WA desert where we slept…

An interview with ABC Far North

It was a pleasure to chat to Kier Shorey on ABC Far North radio about the series. You can listen to the interview below, or click here to visit the SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/abcfarnorth/the-fethafoot-chronicles

An insight into the writing process

Hi readers and hopefully some fans of the FfC series. I have been having a busy time being human in the real world, and wanted to update any readers on what I am doing ‘writing wise’. The titles below are going concerns, with several 200+ pages long at present. However, the latest (below), has taken precedence because of the current situation between 1st nation people and other australians in our country. Almost all my fiction works are about my people, as many degrading stereotypes of Australia’s 1st nation peeps abound yet in this day and age in our country and around our world – and – they are simply untrue. The majority of my stories are also set in Australia – my home and one of the most freely available and stunning lands in our world.

I currently have another 16 stories on the go. From Fethafoot warriors meeting aliens in the tale: “FfC V Aliens” [probably not the working title], through to ‘Shade Methaida’; an FfC warrior stuck in USA-Mexico modern-day, when a worldwide virus halts all international travel and collapses civilisation as we know it. FYI: many of my character’s names are anagrams of what their characters’ are and do. Others include: The Dept. of Truth, The Hitchhiker, Mama said, Man of Dreams, No choice, Perpetual motion, The dread Feel of a Man-thing, The Enforcer, The Quiet Billionaire, The Watcher & Wurth and the dog.

 

To give some you idea of how my mind works when writing a story, the below are notes from when I began the story I am currently writing.


Title: incitare ad iniquitatem © John M Wenitong, Q. 4703 Au.

Start: 31-12-15 @ 6pm – 1-1-2016 3-30am; [@ 6-7-16 = 117 pages]

 

some great words/phrases for possible use:

 

Gordian knot |ˌgôrdēən ˈnät|, Noun – an extremely difficult or involved problem.

Ultima Thule – refers to any distant place beyond the known world @ the extreme limits of discovery

gnosis* spiritual knowledge…

 

ineffable – indescribable

Ablative – The ablative case (abbreviated abl) is a grammatical case in the grammar of various languages; it is used generally to express motion away from something although the precise meaning may vary by language.

gnosis* spiritual knowledge…

1st thought-bubble for story: [unidentified aboriginal aussie modern-day warrior; tired of broken promises by non-indig politicians over 200 years, decides to take matters regarding a Treaty and genuine rights/equality into their own hands…

Protagonists in order of creation as story progressed; NB: all Characters named are © John M Wenitong, Q. 4703 Au.

Major:

1 – Kunuwati Riverstone – mid-20’s Ab male – rich (designed a few apps), techno-savvy, angry, patient – a leader
2 – Bob Riverstone  – older brother – small businessman, caught up in making money and a name in this society

3 – Det Mike Mayenard – Vic Tassie Ab
4 – Det Mick Johnson – WA – Nyunga
5 – Det Richie Yow-yea – Qld – murri
6 – Charlie Mootonguemary – one of the angry youth following Wati’s philosophy – thanks sis J
7 – Bobby pinhead Chinaman Harold – Charlie’s cuz and best friend – SisJ
8  – Mrs. Jeanie Riverstone – Wati & Bob’s mother
9 –  Juliette Riverstone – Wati’s sister – prone to quick violence
10 – Oz PM – Grant-aro Shingle – Wife – Margy – Marg, Margaret

11 – ASIO officers: Edwards & Chan – assigned to the chase.
12 – Old Moony – clever-man Yarrabah
13 – Mrs ‘Iris Thornton’ – aka – European assassin
14 –

Minor:
Yarrabah: Police; Sarge, Officer Chouwe, Marny-prisoner, Moony-clever man & his sister Pearly Mission,

Jeff– Melb; William T Onus Hostel day-manager – middle aged Koori

Indig Affairs Minister – no name…

Old Tilly Mganabe – Wadeye resident, camping at Buffalo Ck, Darwin – supposed links to TN

Charlie ‘Power-man’ Choy: owner of several power stations nationally and the man organising – Mrs ‘Iris Thornton’ – aka – European assassin.


Dear readers and interested folk, I hope you enjoy the info and insight into a writer’s strange fictitious world,

 

Pemulwuy Weeatunga, masquerading as John M Wenitong 🙂

Listen to Pem’s interview with BBM 98.7

Bumma Bippera Media 98.7FM is the first and only indigenous radio service in Cairns. Recently Pemulwuy Weeatunga dropped into the studio for a chat about all things Fethafoot!

Have a listen to the interview below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

The Fethafoot Chronicles are here

Future friends of those soft-footed warriors of the enigmatic Fethafoot Clan: hello and welcome☺

This is my first blog ever and it comes to you on a website I had previously not been able to even imagine (thanks Ally). I hope you enjoy the stories and the site. The Fethafoot series of books (FfC) came about because of several major changes in my life 5 years ago. The life changing events were physical, mental, social, ‘work’ and personal – and they all happened in one awful year. To be honest, I almost gave up. However, because of my aboriginal heritage, I knew my obligations to my immediate family and as parent, grandparent and role model to my extended family and true friends, would never allow such an easy way out. Since being humbled so, I have a much deeper and more aware empathy for all my fellow language-creatures and our common issues; here on this floating planet we call Earth.

Writing the series – while learning the ropes of writing and fiction, along with the new exciting publishing world that followed – gave me a set of crutches that helped me to stagger onward: toward a goal I wish to share with my country and the first-nation people here in ‘Heart-rock land’ – as well as the rest of our world via FfC.

My people, the ancient first people of this land, have faced more hardship than we contemporary Australians will ever know: 50-year droughts and the 2nd Ice age for instance. Not only have we adapted and survived each new event and climate, but have once again begun to flourish in the new society – in all strands of modern life – and, within two centuries. NB * without using terrorism.

The stories are not mine. They came to me via the Great Spirit of our wonderful land. I was merely a conduit that knew English and could type. I did no story planning, gave no forethought to characters, nor thought beforehand where the story would be set. I sat and began to use words to tell stories about my wonderful, adaptive, creative people and wrote the first four stories in four months without thinking or blinking. I wrote and finished the next six tales while travelling Australia, in a car with my dog (a loyal, warm-heated red-cattle dog), after a major personal shock and; was actually in the lands I wrote into the later tales; as I wrote them.

I hope you enjoy the stories and that FfC will inspire the moral ethical aspects of each spirit that may read them. Pemulwuy Weeatunga – masquerading as John M Wenitong