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Despite a life filled with discrimination and hardship, Aboriginal Elder Banjo Clarke never lost his faith in the human spirit and the goodness of people; his dedication to kindness and forgiveness made him a beloved teacher and inspiration to all whom he met. Author Camilla Chance has truly captured the essence of this much-adored tribal leader. Very much a man of his place and time, the lessons of Banjo's life are universal and timeless.

You will never forget Banjo and his inspiring journey.

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Over 27-years, Banjo Clarke told the story of Aboriginal traditions which include caring for the land, taking only what you need, sharing with others and sensing a deep connection to each other and one's elders.

Once published, the story became an Australian best-seller entitled, "Wisdom Man Banjo Clarke as told to Camilla Chance". The book is now in its second edition from Penguin.

Banjo lived from 1922-2000 and his funeral was the largest of any ever held in Warrnambool and district, Australia. His advice was even sought by the former Prime Minister of Australia in addition to many others. Shane Howard (www.shanehoward.com.au), a well known Australian musician said, "Banjo was in the business of saving lives on a daily basis."

Here is rare video of his story in his own words, a segment of a larger video based on "Wisdom Man" that is coming soon.

She could easily have been an enemy of Aboriginals when she moved to Australia. Instead, this woman of Russian aristocracy and British upper class found a powerful connection with the First Australians.

When she met Banjo Clarke, he began telling her the story of his family and his people. Movies like "Australia" and "Rabbit Proof Fence" touch on this history as well.

Over 27 years, she took dictation from Aboriginal Elder, Banjo Clarke. The result was a best-selling book published by Penguin.

This is a bit of her background and how she became interested in the indigenous culture of her adopted country.

Barbara Bixon Carter (pen name, A.R. Allen) wrote The Chocolate Brown Social Club, The House of Cupcakes, and If You Really Loved Me You'd Take Out the Garbage.

Much of her work looks at the humorous side of life and she's good at it.

She bought a copy of "Wisdom Man" by Camilla Chance at a Women's Writing Guild conference in New York and that's where this story began.

What are the chances that a book on a restaurant table would move a server to tears?

This is a preview of an upcoming video about Banjo Clarke, an amazing Aboriginal Elder.

He told the story of Aboriginal traditions like caring for the land, taking only what you need, sharing with others and a deep, psychic connection to one's Elders.

Once published, the story became an Australian best-seller entitled, "Wisdom Man Banjo Clarke as told to Camilla Chance". The book is now in its second edition from Penguin.

Banjo lived from 1922-2000 and his funeral was the largest of any ever held in Warrnambool and district, Australia.

Opening of the Aboriginal Writers' Festival at Montsalvat,

which used to be a famous artists' colony near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was the beginning of Reconciliation Week (between Aboriginals and white people), on the 27th May, 2011, the anniversary of the referendum of 27th May, 1967, when we voted for Aboriginals to be counted as citizens of Australia.

London Book Fair 2010 Award

Wisdom Man has won Honorable Mention at the 2010 London Book Fair

En Español

Wisdom Man is available in Spanish for publication.

Speaking Engagements & Publication

For information on having Camilla speak or to learn more about publishing outside Australia, please contact Sherri Rosen Publicity.

Oprah's Angel Network

Camilla Chance and her work with the Aboriginal people were featured on Oprah's Angel Network

Shaman's Portal Highlights Banjo and the Book

Banjo was nominated as Wisdom Keeper of the Month and Wisdom Man as Book of the Month

Suite101.com features Wisdom Man

Banjo and Wisdom Man are covered extensively on Suite101.com

An amazing and touching book - I could relate to all the Aboriginal beliefs. I felt like I had met him and his kids at the end of the book. It brought me to tears, really. Now Banjo lives more than ever through this publication even after his death. Nadema Agard, New York City, Native America artist/writer and author of Southeastern Native Arts Directory