By Muir, Aunty FayBy Lawson, Sue
Nganga (nn-guh): To see and understand. Through knowledge comes understanding. Engage with the rich and unique culture of Aboriginal Australians. Nganga is an authoritative and concise dictionary of terms and phrases related to Aboriginal people and issues.
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Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir is an Elder and Traditional Owner of Boon Wurrung Country. She is the senior linguist at the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages in Melbourne. Fay is working with her own Boon Wurrung language, recording and putting language into the database for future and present generations. She presents language-related workshops to community members who are reclaiming their languages, as well as universities and TAFEs that are interested in understanding the many and challenging aspects of language reclamation. She also goes out to schools to educate the students about language and culture and to teach language. Nganga is her first children's book. Sue Lawson writes books for children and young adults. She has won the Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature and was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.
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