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  • 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...

  • Aboriginal Story: When the Snake Bites the Sun

    Aboriginal Story: When the Snake Bites the Sun

    by David Mowaljarlai

    This book is based on a story told by David Mowaljarlai of the Ngarinyin people to Aboriginal children living in the Kimberley, Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from their paintings of the story. David Mowaljarlai said, 'We want our children to see the daylight and the sun go down on our land, the home of the Dreamtime, and to live there to their old age and really understand their culture.'

  • Bittangabee Tribe: An Aboriginal story from Coastal New South Wales

    Bittangabee Tribe: An Aboriginal story from Coastal New South Wales

    A delightful story, created by Aboriginal students from the south coast of New South Wales, it tells of the lives of the Bittangabee tribe. Beautifully illustrated with the help of local primary school children, the story follows Ninima and his family on their long summer journey into the mountains to collect Bogong moths, and then home again to the sea. The story highlights the importance of family and kinship in Aboriginal culture, and beautifully captures the intimate knowledge of plant and animal relationships that Aboriginal people possessed. The story...

  • Echidnas Can't Cuddle

    Echidnas Can't Cuddle

    by Nieta Manser

    Echidnas Can’t Cuddle is the story of little Erik the echidna. Erik is a sad echidna, with quite the dilemma. His spikes seem to get in the way whenever he wants to cuddle his family and friends. He just doesn’t know what to do with all his spikes! When the frustration of his quills gets the better of him, Erik heads out into the darkness of the bush alone, where he believes he will be better off. However, a big snake, a horde of bush bees and...

  • Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo

    Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo

    by Alison Lester

    The sixth title in Alison Lester s bestselling Clive Eats Alligators series, featuring Ernie, who goes to Arnhem Land and writes to his friends about his experiences. When Ernie goes to live in an Aboriginal community in northern Australia, the people, climate, plants and animals are all new to him. Here are his letters to Clive, Nicky, Rosie, Frank, Tessa and Celeste, describing the life he discovers with his new friends in their wild and beautiful land. Alison Lester visited Arnhem Land in 1996 and 1997 as a guest of...

  • Fair Skin, Black Fella

    Fair Skin, Black Fella

    by Renee Fogorty

    ‘We all brothers and sisters in this life, no matter what colour we are,’ says Old Ned. This is the story of Mary, a young Aboriginal girl who lives on a red and dusty cattle station. Shunned by the other girls because of her fair skin, Old Ned, one of the community elders, finally speaks up. With words full of knowledge and wisdom, he teaches the girls that Aboriginal identity transcends skin colour and that family, community, country, culture and spirituality is what being Aboriginal is really about. Renee...

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