Storytime with Jessica – NAIDOC 2018

NAIDOC Week is over for another year, and we had an amazing school holiday program but there is always more time to talk about Indigenous books, stories, and specifically this year female Indigenous authors and illustrators.

I have been looking through our collection for some stories told by women. But before I get into some of the wonderful books we have by female Indigenous authors/illustrators I would like to take a moment to focus on Noongar stories. A few years ago the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories project published a number of wonderful bilingual stories. These books in Noongar and English, retell old stories.

These stories comes from the wise and ancient language of the First People of the Western Australian south coast.

Cover Image for Dwoort Baal Kaat
Dwoort Baal Kaat: an old story retold by Kim Scott, Russell Nelly and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project with artwork by Alta Winmar

A man goes hunting for some tucker with a pack of dogs, but he doesn’t get what he expected. Dwoort Baal Kaat is the story of how two different animals are related to one another.

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Noorn: an old story retold by Kim Scott, Ryan Brown and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project with artwork by Alta Winmar

Noorn is a story of alliances between humans and other living creatures, in this case a snake. It tells of how protective relationships can be nurtured by care and respect.

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Yira Boornak Nyininy: an old story retold by Kim Scott, Hazel Brown, Roma Winmar and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project with artwork by Anthony (Troy) Roberts

Left stranded in a tree by his wife, a Noongar man has to rely on his Wadjela friend to help him back down. Yira Boornak Nyininy is a story of forgiveness and friendship.

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Ngaawily Nop: an old story retold by Kim Scott, Joyce Cockles, Roma Winmar and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project with artwork by Roma Winmar and Alta Winmar

A boy goes looking for his uncle. He discovers family and home at the ocean’s edge, and finds himself as well. Ngaawily Nop is a story of country and family and belonging.

These are just some of the books in Noongar that we have in the library. We also have dedicated Indigenous Collections at Coolbellup and Success and Indigenous books can be idenfified by the Aboriginal flag on the spine at all three branches.

Today, I would like to focus on female Indigenous authors/illustrators after all…Because of her, we can!

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Waakarl Kardakoor Bilya-k
Storyteller: Lorraine Smith-Marshall with original illustrations by Sonya Khan

The Rainbow Serpent from Blackwood River is a bilingual book in Noongar Kaniyang and English. It is about the Blackwood River Rainbow Serpent and Kaniyang spirits’ journey to the open sea. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how the Waakarl (Rainbow Serpent) carries the souls of deceased Noongars along the Blackwood river and out into the Indian Ocean to their final resting place.

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Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy with illustrations by Lisa Kennedy (Wurundjeri people)

Shortlisted for Children’s Book Council Awards Crichton Award for New Illustrators CBCA 2017

Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.

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In Your Dreams by Sally Morgan with illustrations by Bronwyn Bancroft

Susie is supposed to write about what she wants to be when she grows up. But she doesn’t have a clue! When she has a series of puzzling dreams, Gran encourages her to think about their deeper meaning and Susie soon finds she knows what to write after all.

Craft – Dot Painting

The simple dot style makes for a beautiful artwork and has the benefit of hiding the sacred meanings behind the stories in the paintings.

Instead of me explaining how you can dot paint have a look at the below video by Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Ferguson, she explains ways of dot painting as she works on a playpus artwork