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              Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

              Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture (Trade Paperback / Paperback, None ed.)

              By Pascoe, Bruce

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              `Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated hum...an occupation.' Judges for 2016 NSW Premier's Literary AwardsDark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence is Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources. Bruce's comments on his book compared to Gammage's: My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn't contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.
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              ISBN 9781921248016
              Published AU 1 Jun 2018
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Black Cockatoo

              Black Cockatoo (Paperback)

              By Merrison, Carl; Hustler, Hakea

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              Black Cockatoo is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the fa...mily. She feels powerless to change the things she sees around her... until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength. Black Cockatoo is a wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.
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              ISBN 9781925360707
              Published AU 1 Aug 2018
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age Children
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              Girls Can Fly

              Girls Can Fly (Hardback)

              By Morgan, Sally; Kwaymullina, Ambelin

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              Who says girls can't fly? Girls Can Fly is an inspirational, young teen book from award-winning Aboriginal writer and artist Sally Morgan and her equally talented daughter Ambelin. Together they have written short, poignant sayings full of advice that comes from their life experi...ences. Mother and daughter have written a beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring book. An early draft of the manuscript was given to the participants of the Kimberley and Pilbara Girls program and their feedback and suggestions were taken in. An acknowledgement, information about and photographs of the girls are featured at the back of the book.
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              ISBN 9781925936759
              Published AU 1 Mar 2020
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              Interest Age Children
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              Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines

              Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines (Hardback)

              By Seymour, Jasmine; Illustrated by Mulgo Watson, Leanne

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              `Warami mittigar. Hello friend.We welcome you to Darug Country.' Cooee Mittigar takes you on a walk through Darug Country. The reader is greeted by Mulgo (the black swan) who welcomes the reader to Country. Mulgo describes the landscape, skyscape, and the totems that inhabit the ...Nura (Country). Family, seasons, songlines, culture and tradition are the themes of this stunning picture book that is bound to become a classic.
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              ISBN 9781925936865
              Published AU 1 Nov 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 4-8 years
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              Respect

              Respect (Hardback)

              By Muir, Aunty Fay; Lawson, Sue; Illustrated by Kennedy, Lisa

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              Age range 3 to 9 Our Way is old. Older than the red earth. Older than flickering stars. Our way is respect.A tender, thoughtful story reminding us to respect others and respect ourselves. Part of the Our Place series which welcomes children to culture.

              ISBN 9781925936315
              Published AU 1 May 2020
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 2-6 years
              Series Our Place
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              Calypso Summer

              Calypso Summer (Paperback)

              By Thomas, Jared

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              Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health Food shop where his boss pressures him to gather ...Aboriginal plants for natural remedies. Growing up in urban Adelaide and with little understanding of his mother's traditional background, Calypso endeavours to find the appropriate native plants. This leads him to his Nukunu family in Port Augusta and the discovery of a world steeped in cultural knowledge. The support of a sassy, smart, young Ngadjuri girl, with a passion for cricket rivalling his own, helps Calypso to reconsider his Rastafarian facade and understand how to take charge of his future.
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              ISBN 9781922142122
              Published AU 1 Apr 2014
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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              The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

              The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert (Paperback)

              By Chuguna, Jukuna Mona; Lowe, Pat; Illustrated by Street, Mervyn

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              Age range 8-12 Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the charming account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl, and her family, in the desert country of north-west Australia. Simultaneously delightful tales of children growing up and a social and cultural history of a way o...f life, Mona Chuguna's semi-autobiographical stories are set before European settlement impacted on the lives of the people of the Great Sandy Desert, and before they left their homelands. Beneath the hot blue sky, Mana is joined by her brothers, sisters and cousins, as well as her many mothers and her favourite dogs. With gentle humour, the stories depict the daily life of hunting and gathering, kinship obligations, the never-ending search for water, and the exploits of the young children. Alongside each story are cultural insights that enhance understanding of the text, making it especially valuable to educators looking for authentic material. Acclaimed Gooniyandi (Fitzroy River) artist Mervyn Street captures the subtle nuances of the stories and the Walmajarri way of life with beautiful black and white illustrations.
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              ISBN 9781922142054
              Published AU 1 Feb 2015
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 8-12 years
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              Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

              Young Dark Emu: A Truer History (Hardback)

              By Pascoe, Bruce

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              Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly ar...gues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived - a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
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              ISBN 9781925360844
              Published AU 1 Jun 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age Children
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              Sea Horse

              Sea Horse (Paperback)

              By Pascoe, Bruce

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              Written with gentle humour and a beautiful interpretation of landscape, this adventure story about Jack and his family is reminiscent of endless summers, azure seas and sandy white beaches. Jack, his dad Vince, sister Tanya, and mum Carla, escape to Seahorse Bay whenever they can.... Idyllic days are spent exploring the waters of the bay, diving, fishing and cooking up feasts on the beach - and, for Jack, daydreaming of long-gone shipwrecks and forgotten treasure. Jack cannot believe his luck when he comes across a sunken boat not far off the coast. When he shows his father, they discover it is in pristine condition and decide to take on the challenge of salvaging it. But what is the story behind this mysterious boat? How long has it been in the bay? How did it get there? And who is the man on the cliff with the binoculars? When the boat is finally raised, the adventure begins...
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              ISBN 9781921248931
              Published AU 1 Aug 2015
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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              Kakadu Calling: Stories for Kids

              Kakadu Calling: Stories for Kids (Paperback, New title)

              By Christophersen, Jane; Illustrated by Christophersen, Christine

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              From Dinky the Dingo to Finding My Way Home, Jane Garlil Christophersen, a traditional owner of Kakadu, presents an engaging collection of contemporary stories for young readers. She reveals the wonders of daily life in the bush and includes messages about caring for the environm...ent. Ages 6-10.
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              ISBN 9781921248009
              Published AU 26 Feb 2007
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age Children
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