‘A Naga Odyssey will appeal to readers interested in accounts of personal struggle and achievement, colonialism and integration, civil war and resistance.’ Max Oliver, Books+Publishing
‘Out of great suffering comes fulfilment, as Visier’s remarkable story so dramatically illustrates.’ Mike Smith, Initiatives of Change International
Shortlisted, Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature 2017
Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü, his family and fellow villagers of Khonoma, fled for their lives to the jungles of Nagaland in 1956. He and his family survived privations and starvation for over two years, though many others did not. Visier emerged from the jungle aged eight and into a turbulent world altered by Western influence, civil war and colonial oppression. He found refuge from war in Australia where, over two decades, he faced the loss of home and tradition, and found healing and a second home. This powerful story tracks Visier’s fascinating journey from indigenous religion to Christianity, from village school to a professorship, and from small town life to appearances before the United Nations. His kaleidoscopic sixty-year odyssey to find peace, tranquillity, and forgiveness for others, is vividly told against the rich tapestry of the Naga quest to be free.
With a foreword by Rev. Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, World Vision Australia.
Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü is an Elder of the Meyasetsu clan of the Angami tribe, Khonoma, Nagaland. He has a Batchelor of Theology, a PhD in History, and was the inaugural Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Nagaland. He has addressed many forums across the world, including the United Nations. He is the current President of the Overseas Naga Association, an International Elder of Initiatives of Change, headquartered in Caux, Switzerland, and is a Board member of the Melbourne Interfaith Centre.
Richard Broome is Emeritus Professor of History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the author of twelve books, including three on Indigenous Australians, notably Aboriginal Australians 4th edition (2010). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Fellow and vice president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne, and Patron of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.