Author(s): Robert Kenny
Written in a distinctively Australian voice, this remarkable account explores the conversion of a Wotjubaluk Aboriginal youth to Christianity in 1860. Through Nathanael Pepper's conversion, this record conducts a major reappraisal of the nature of Aboriginal and European relations in the first decades of contact in southern Australia. A unique and beautifully written blend of popular history, spirituality, culture, and personal quest, this history examines various aspects of the event, including the ritual slaughter of settlers' stock, the choice of Pepper's baptismal name, the settlers' punitive and murderous raids, and the Moravian Church's celebration of Pepper's conversion.
"...a mystery tour through such matters as translation, language, mission strategy, conversion, totemism, tradition, culture, sorcery, scripture, Darwinianism and evangelicalism. All this is done with a light touch, always with a sense of ongoing puzzlement and of closure still to come … Take your time. Enjoy the ride." – Greg Dening, Age
"I found the Lamb Enters the Dreaming stimulating, challenging some of my own assumptions about missionary encounters. It is also beautifully written. – Peggy Brock, Australian Historical Studies
Robert Kenny is a poet, an author, and a fellow at the Australian Center at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Australian Research Council research fellow at La Trobe University.