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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
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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
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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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              My Father's Shadow

              My Father's Shadow (Paperback)

              By Jones, Jannali

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              Kaya is completing her Higher School Certificate when she is woken in the middle of the night by her mother. They are to pack immediately and go to their holiday home in the Blue Mountains. Her father is `not coming back'. He has been involved in a court case to give evidence aga...inst some dangerous criminals. Months later, they are still in hiding and the mysteries are multiplying. Kaya is not sure who to trust: her mother's new friend, the policeman or her new friend, Eric, from the local store. She is also recovering from memory loss caused by PTSD after a chilling encounter with the criminals. She is seeing a psychologist in an attempt to recall the evidence she might have to give in a forthcoming trial. Her best friend, Jenna, has gone overseas and Kaya is trying to make sense of what is really happening. Jannali Jones has crafted a thrilling story which stays on the edge right to the end.
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              ISBN 9781925936704
              Published AU 1 Aug 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 8-12 years
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              Cunning Crow

              Cunning Crow (Hardback)

              By Dreise, Gregg

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              Age range 5 to 12 Remember - beauty comes from within... Way back, before once-upon-a-time, there was the Dreamtime when all the birds were white. One of those white birds was a crow called Waan. One day a big storm came through and a magnificent rainbow appeared. When the birds ...passed through the rainbow, one by one, their feathers took on its beautiful colours. Waan flew through the rainbow too and his feathers became a beautiful red and orange. But Waan was jealous of the other birds. He wanted to be more beautifully coloured than anyone. So Waan hatched a cunning plan. But things did not go the way Waan wanted...
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              ISBN 9781925768862
              Published AU 1 Oct 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Ubby's Underdogs: Return of the Dragons

              Ubby's Underdogs: Return of the Dragons (Paperback)

              By McKenna, Brenton E.

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              Age range 10+ The long-awaited, final book in the Ubby's Underdogs trilogy. It is the late 1940s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is still recovering from WWII. Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a small rag-tag gang kno...wn as the `Underdogs.' Ubby's Underdogs: Return of the Dragons is storytelling on a remarkable scale. It continues with established characters that have links to other worlds amidst an intricate backdrop of Aboriginal and Chinese mythology. Ubby and her gang of Underdogs cross into the Forbidden Zone on the Broome, Western Australia, coastline in a desperate bid to locate their missing friend Sai Fong who has disappeared without a trace. What they encounter is worse than anything they could ever have imagined - leaving them and the mercenaries who hunt them, trembling in terror. To survive, the Underdogs must call upon the local gangs to unite, solve the mystery of the Dragon Summoner, and make contact with the mysterious Phoenix Dragon to fight the battle of all battles against an evil and unearthly enemy. What is at stake is the future of humanity itself.
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              ISBN 9781925768060
              Published AU 1 May 2019
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              Series Ubby's Underdogs
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              Little Bird's Day

              Little Bird's Day (Hardback)

              By Morgan, Sally; Illustrated by Warrkatja Malibirr, Johnny

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              Age range 3 to 6 A simple, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird as she sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon and dreams of flying among the stars. Sally Morgan's beautiful words and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr's sensitive artwo...rk combine to make this a beautiful, distinctive publication with global appeal. Johnny infuses his illustrations with his fine-art aesthetic, his traditional motifs and a quirky sense of humour.
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              ISBN 9781925768923
              Published AU 1 Apr 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 3-6 years
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              Clever Crow

              Clever Crow (Hardback)

              By Lawrence, Nina; Illustrated by Bancroft, Bronwyn

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              Clever Crow is an endearing and witty tale that follows the exploits of a hungry and very clever crow. Crow searches in the bush for food but he can find none. It is only when he comes across people preparing for a ceremony that his luck changes. Crow spots a big turtle egg waiti...ng to be cooked, and he cries out, `Yummy, food for me!' But it is not an easy task stealing a turtle egg - even for a clever crow. Crow has to be more clever than he has ever been before! Children will love Bronwyn Bancrofts's distinctive illustrations, and how the Djambarrpuynu language translation - Yolnu language from North East Arnhem Land - is woven into the design.
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              ISBN 9781922142610
              Published AU 1 Nov 2018
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Baby Business

              Baby Business (Hardback)

              By Seymour, Jasmine

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              Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing - it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young children will completely relate to. Jasmine Seymour is ...a Darug woman and a descendant of Maria Lock, daughter of Yarramundi, the Boorooberongal Elder who had met Governor Phillip on the banks of the Hawkesbury in 1791. It is Jasmine's wish that through her books, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here, still strong. Jasmine is a primary school teacher in the Hawkesbury area of NSW.
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              ISBN 9781925768671
              Published AU 1 Jun 2019
              Publisher Magabala Books
              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              Yinti, Desert Dog

              Yinti, Desert Dog (Paperback)

              By Lowe, Pat; Pike, Jimmy

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              Age range 9 - 12 The second book in the Yinti series. Yinti and the hunting dingo, Spinifex, walk out of the desert together and Yinti sees a white man for the first time: `Look at that kartiya,' whispered Yinti, giggling. `You can see the blood through his skin!' When the dingo,... Spinifex, is taken from her mother, she expects to be killed. Instead she is adopted and becomes a prized hunting dog. She eventually accompanies her human family, including Yinti, on their journey through the Great Sandy Desert. When Yinti leaves the desert, Spinifex goes with him. Based on stories, told to Pat Lowe by Jimmy Pike, about a dog who lived with his family in the desert during the 1940s and early 1950s
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              ISBN 9781925936902
              Published AU 1 Sep 2019
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