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  • Aboriginal Story: Dunbi the Owl

    Aboriginal Story: Dunbi the Owl

    by Daisy Utemorrah

    This book is based on a story told by Daisy Utemorrah of the Worora people to Aboriginal children living in Derby, Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from their paintings of her story. She said, 'I used to live with my parents in a humpy house. My Grandmother, my aunties and even my Grandpa told me stories from the Dreamtime. I kept the stories till I was old enough to tell children. We want to share our stories with all children so they learn what Aborigines used to...

  • Aboriginal Story: How the Birds Got Their Colours

    Aboriginal Story: How the Birds Got Their Colours

    by Mary Albert

    This book is based on a story told by Mary Albert, of the Bardi people, to Aboriginal children living in Broome, Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from their paintings of the story. Mary Albert said, 'Would you like to hear a story from long ago? My mother used to tell me lots of stories, but this story I loved the best, because I loved the birds.'

  • Aboriginal Story: How the Kangaroos Got Their Tails

    Aboriginal Story: How the Kangaroos Got Their Tails

    by George Mung Mung Lirrmiyarri

    This book is based on a story told by George Mung Mung Lirrmiyarri, of the Kija people, to Aboriginal people living in Warmun (Turkey Creek), Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from their original paintings of the story. Hector Jandany and George Dingmarie of the Kija Language Group said, 'We have to keep this language which we got from our old people who have passed away. We don't want to lose it. The younger generation have to carry on the language that they learn from us.'

  • Aboriginal Story: The Echidna and the Shade Tree

    Aboriginal Story: The Echidna and the Shade Tree

    by Mona Green

    This book is based on a story told by Mona Green, of the Jaru people, to Aboriginal children living in Halls Creek, Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from the children's original paintings of the story. Mona Green said, 'When my husband was a stockman, we used to go out to Nongra Lake to see if the cattle had enough water. I had heard the story about this giant lake, and I think that from the air it would look like a tree with roots stretching...

  • Aboriginal Story: The Kangaroo and the Porpoise

    Aboriginal Story: The Kangaroo and the Porpoise

    by Agnes Lippo

    This story was told by Agnes Lippo from the Aboriginal community of Belyuen in the Northern Territory, where people from the Larrakia and Waigite language groups live. The illustrations in this book are adapted from paintings of the story done by the children at Belyuen School. Bill Turner, Head Teacher at Belyuen School in 1987, said The Kangaroo and the Porpoise is one of the many stories from the very small Aboriginal community of Belyuen. We hope publishing these stories will enable us to buy materials for the school....

  • Aboriginal Story: Warnayarra the Rainbow Snake

    Aboriginal Story: Warnayarra the Rainbow Snake

    This story is based on a story told by the Senior Boys Class at Lajamanu School, a bi-lingual school where Aboriginal children are taught to read and write their own language, Warlpiri. The illustrations are adapted from original paintings done by the children for their story. Lajamanu is an Aboriginal community on the edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. It was settled when the Warlpiri people were forced off their tribal land and away from their Dreaming places. To country they didn’t know and a lifestyle...

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