T.G.H Strehlow had grown up with Aboriginal children on the mission, and his knowledge of Arrernte customs was unique. His descriptions of the landscape and its stories, the places of death, the outposts of white settlement; the Biblical resonances of his father’s sufferings, as he is carried towards his end, his swollen body mounted on a huge chair on the back of a horse-drawn cart – all these elements combine to give the work an epic grandeur.