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A Lie That’s Been Killing Us Since 1788

Ziggy Ramo

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Pantera Press
30 April 2024
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Also features Ziggy's new album - exclusive pre-release access via QR code links.

So-called Australia is built upon a lie: that 97% of the population are human, and the others simply 'Indigenous', devoid of the same basic rights.

Human? is the story of Ziggy Ramo's experience growing up under the weight of this lie. We've had 235 years of continued destruction in the name of 'civilised progress', under an oppressive colonial system that punches down on almost everyone. We all deserve more. But to move forward we have to be honest about the past.

Written on the precipice of becoming a parent, Human? is Ziggy Ramo's offering for the future – an attempt to bridge a nation-wide knowledge gap, and start a new conversation. Prerequisite reading for anyone searching for a way forward, together.

Human? is a book, an album and an exhibition by one of the most exciting voices of this generation. With his powerful debut, Ziggy asks: Would you still fight for human rights if it meant giving up your privilege?

A groundbreaking, provocative call-to-arms by acclaimed Wik artist Ziggy Ramo, Human? invites readers to confront this nation's biggest lie.

‘Human is an extraordinarily gracious book. Ziggy Ramo writes with a disarming vulnerability and a gentle, almost defiant confidence. Here is an author who knows who he is and wants the reader to know it too.' Jan Fran

Imprint:   Pantera Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   356g
ISBN:   9780645240139
ISBN 10:   0645240133
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

To say Ziggy Ramo’s voice is an important one in the Australian hip hop scene would be a gross understatement – over a very short period it’s become as integral as peers like Briggs and Remi. At a time when artists like A. B. Original are (quite rightly) swinging sledgehammers in their efforts to expose Indigenous issues in this country, Ziggy is right there beside them with a cut-throat razor, slicing deep into the heart of race relations in modern Australia. Growing up in remote Arnhem Land, regional NSW, Sydney and Perth and with family connections in Far North Queensland, his voice whether through music or public speaking, addresses the silenced injustices of Aboriginal Australia as well as other social issues.

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