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In Old Jimmy's view, the core of the immorality of Australian colonisation is that the Europeans never asked for permission to enter Aboriginal land.
"Why he never say: 'Oh, come on mate, you and me live toegether. You and me living together, mates together.... Mate[s] together. Live together. One Mangari [food]. One table. Cart up wood together. No more fighting one another....' But you never do that." (Jimmy Mangayarri)

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Friday, July 07, 2017 [ Mailing List ]

>> 2017.7.8.

Dear Mino

Happy Birthday, Mino. I turned 50 in June, and you became 46. Kyle is 16 and Nicole is 12. They are just like how we were at that time.

As we are deep into summer, morning glories and sunflowers are growing in my garden. Do you remember we planted them to observe and record how they grew for summer homework? Nicole brought back grass seeds planted in a water bottle from school. Grass seeds?! Not exciting at all, right? What a heck... I said. Bravo, Japanese education system!

For my 50th birthday, John planned a party for me. My friends whom I have known over 20 years since I landed in this country and their husbands gathered at a nearby restaurant. Kids asked me “So, Mom. A half of your life is over, how do you feel? (chuckle)” I answered “Well, I feel as if I still have another half to go.” As I am fully content how I spent the last 50 years and wonder what else I should do before my time comes to the end, I thought I should read more books.

Kyle reads lots of books fast. He reads the same books again and again. Nicole reads less books but slowly, and she understands each book deeply. Any book that she recommends to me has been always a good book, like “BFG” and “Wonder.” She noticed I am spending more time on reading lately and told me to read “Flowers for Algernon.”

I remember that I was back and forth in an email thread with Irumi (who has been helping me with “Mino business”), we discussed that it was hard to understand the young generation’s behavior, it seems they are lacking of “imagination.” She said “Lack of imagination comes from the fact that they have not read books growing up.” It totally makes sense. You need “imagination” in order to understand and enjoy a story or even an essay. “Flowers for Algernon” was indeed such a book to foster one’s imagination.

I enjoy reading books written for teenager/young adults in English since I can imagine how my children will grow and experience things in this country, which is different from my own experience growing up in Japan. While reading, I find myself being back at that age, feel like living in the story with all the characters. I can’t even knit once I am deep into the story. Many parents complain kids read less once they have their own phone, but I believe they will never forget the fun of reading and it can come back to them when it needs to or when they want it to.

That’s my thoughts on my 50th birthday. How about yours? Oh, I am happy to tell you this; Kyle says he will read “Gurindji Journey” this summer. Let's see what he thinks of your work.


>> 2017.7.8.








そんな毎日を送っています。そうそう、夏休み中に海ちゃんは”Gurindji Journey”を読むそうです。さてさて。


Saturday, April 22, 2017 [ Message ]










Wednesday, April 05, 2017 [ Message ]





去年の夏、福岡市美術館で「Doing History!歴史する!」という展示が1か月間行われ地元のアーティストがこのテーマで創作しました。このとき、担当の方が「ラディカル」を販売しようと在庫を探し、その時に御茶の水書房に在庫はなくなったと言われ、それを機会に、私のほうから増刷を依頼しました。御存知の通り、担当者の橋本育氏は退職しています。父親の社長は高齢ということで、新しい方が担当者となり、その方と直接交渉して、500部増刷が決まりました。










Sunday, January 29, 2017 [ News ]

Mino's Tree

Mino's tree was planted at the Coombs Courtyard in the ANU campus soon after his passing in 2004, proposed by Prof. Tessa Morris-Suzuki.


Mino tree plaque.JPG

In 2007, Mino's friend sent me a picture of the tree.

Mino tree 2007.JPG

At the year end of 2016, Mr. Yugo Ono who never met Mino in person, visited his son, Rintaro, at the ANU and took a picture and drew a painting.

Mino Tree by Ono Dec 2016.jpeg

Mino Tree by Ono.jpg

I am very touched by Mr. Ono's kindness and I am so moved that many people have been connected with Mino for all these years.



Friday, December 16, 2016 [ Mailing List ]

>> 2016.12.16

Dear everyone -

I am pleased to announce that Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship Fund at ANU has reached our goal of AUD$127,000, the balance that can provide $5,000 annual scholarship. Since Mino’s passing in 2004, the fund has grown steadily with your love and support under the good care of the ANU Endowment team. Every year, the selection committee thoroughly reviews each candidate’s work and accomplishment and awards this scholarship. Over the past years, although it was not as much as $5,000, the scholarship has been helping several PhD students who studied various aspects of the indigenous Australians through fieldwork. Everyone - Thank you, thank you, thank you.

This week, I had a chance to meet Kristina Kluger, a new appoint at the ANU, whom I will work with to further promote Mino’s fund. There are many possibilities that can be put together to promote Mino’s work, creating more opportunities for those who work with Indigenous Australians. We are excited to having Prof. Ann McGrath back at ANU soon and I am sure we all will make something happen, with help of Kristina’s expertise and experience in this field.

Although we have reached our goal and I emphasize that you have done your part for Mino, I will continue my fundraising efforts to further stabilize the fund’s performance and its eternity under unforeseen market conditions. You know there are many bogus charities out there. You won’t hear how your donation has been spent. It is often spent for advertising and we even hear a scandal here and there, such as the top management spends donation for their own benefits. When I told my good friend about our accomplishment, she put it this way; “Well, you will still accept my donation, right? If I have money to donate, I would like it to be a part of your brother’s fund. It is for a good cause and I trust that you will make sure of that.” Yes, I will make sure of that. Yes, we will keep accepting donation.

As the fund continues to grow, Mino’s work keeps reaching out to more people. Here are a few things to share.

1. Mino’s Japanese book, “Radical Oral History” is now 8th print (500 copies), reaching Mino’s goal of the total 5,000 copies. Mino gave up the royalties of this book to keep the book price low and we always honor that arrangement.

2. Mino’s English book, “Gurindji Journey” is now “print on demand” status. If you plan an event that can sell this book, please contact the publisher, NewSouth Books, 10 days prior. All the royalties of this book would go straight to Mino’s fund.

3. This year’s Nimara & Japarta: Knit-a-Thon 2017 was held, after we learned that the fund has reached $127,000. We still had a good group of knitters and enjoyed all the completed projects. This year, we followed the moon for a month. I posted a pic of the moon on that day and knitters around the world posted a picture of the moon in their own location. Next year, we will schedule the Knit-A-Thon based on the lunar calendar; full moon to full moon, so that visually we know how many days left to complete a project.

Again, thank you, everyone, for your support all these years. Have a happy holiday season and I will talk to you on Mino’s birthday in July, if not sooner.


Yuki Hokari

>> 2016.12.16




先日、ANUに新しく就任したKristina Klugerと会う機会をもちました。Prof: Ann McGrathももうすぐイギリスからANUに戻ることになっており、Kristinaのこの分野における経験と実績を借り、様々なイニシアティブとタイアップさせて、ミノルの基金、ひいては彼の業績と人生を、世界に向けて広めていく努力を続けていきたいと思っています。



1. 「ラディカル・オーラル・ヒストリー」が、第8刷500部印刷となりました。これで、ミノル自身が目指してきた5000部に達しました。ミノル自身が本の価格を抑えるために、印税は放棄し、引き続き、私たち遺族は一切印税を受けとっていません。

2. “Gurindji Journey”は、”Print on demand”の扱いとなりました。イベント等で販売を希望する際には、最低10日前に、直接NewSouth Boooksに注文してください。こちらの印税は、すべて基金に直接送金される仕組みになっています。

3. 今年のNimara & Japarta: Knit-A-Thon 2016は、目標額を達成したことを受け、お祝いムードでの展開となりました。イベント期間が1か月ということで、月の満ち欠けを追い、世界中でニッターが月を眺め、写真をとり見せ合って、ミノルが言っていた「世界のどこからでも同じ月をみている」という事実を楽しみました。これが、あまりに好評だったので、来年のKnit-A-Thonは、満月から新月そして、また満月という1か月に合わせてスケジュールし、月の満ち欠けを見ながら、編み、締め切りに間に合わせようという話になりました。



Sunday, August 21, 2016 [ Speech ]

>> 50th Freedom Day Festival - The Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off

This is my message to the Gurindji community at the 50th Freedom Day Festival. Artist, Brenda Croft, kindly read this message at the venue.


Hello, everyone, I am Yuki Hokari, Mino’s sister — Japarta’s sister, Nimarra.

Congratulations to you all on the 50th anniversary of the Gurindji Walk-Off. Twelve years after Mino’s passing, I know for certain that he is there with you today.

I wonder if you know that in 1996 Mino had sent letters to 10 different communities asking for permission to visit. Seven communities ignored his applications; two rejected them. The only community that approved his request was the Gurindji country. Old Jimmy told Mino: “Country brought you here.”

Mino knew that it was his mission to tell the world about the Gurindji stories and teachings. He wrote in his book:

In Canberra, Greg Dening once advised me not to write a thesis for three examiners, but to write a book to change the world. This may be what the Gurindji elders expect me to do. All I know is that the Gurindji people spent a lot of time with me — and this is not because they were dedicated to my academic career. They perceived me to be a person who could bring their stories to a wider audience.

Only a few days before his passing in 2003, he finished writing the Japanese version of the book. It was published in 2004, followed by the English version in 2011. We also paired the pictures that Mino took in the Gurindji country with excerpts from his book for a photography exhibition, which has been shown four venues in Japan, with plans for more.

I am always thinking about how to reach out to more people around the world on behalf of Mino and you all, and I believe that any profit from Mino’s work should be returned to Indigenous Australians. Central to that effort is the Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship fund at the Australian National University, which supports young scholars studying Indigenous Australians and their culture through fieldwork. I am happy to report that we are very close to reaching the target balance that will enable the fund to provide a $5,000 scholarship every year in perpetuity.

Mino’s fund is very special in that it is supported by many donations, big and small, from all over the world.

As part of my fundraising efforts for the fund, I also create knitting designs under the private label “Nimara & Japarta.” Knitters all over the world gather at one website called Ravelry and come across my designs, learn about Mino and his work with the Gurindji community, and donate to the scholarship fund by purchasing the designs. Thus each of my knitting designs carries the stories of Mino and the Gurindji people.

On Mino’s behalf, I will do everything I can to disseminate his work — what he learned from you — and reach as many people as possible and for as long as possible. That’s what Mino and I can do to return the favor of your accepting Mino into your country.

Congratulations again, and thank you so much for allocating time for Mino during this important event.


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