Djugurba : Tales from the Spirit Time
Harry Jakamarra Nelson, Jill Dundiwuy Mununggur, Harry Jakamarra Nelson
Australian National University Press, 1974
5-8yrs, Lower Primary, Primary
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- Aboriginal Australians
- Indigenous knowledge
- Stories and motifs
These Australian Aboriginal stories are very exciting and unusually told. Simply told and brilliantly illustrated by different artists, each with a mix of style from different places, which are specified. These creators are the young inheritors of that tradition and culture. Fourteen stories feature over four pages with three illustrations per story. Featured are the tale of the naughty sand frog, how the kangaroo got his tail and why he learned to hop, the struggle between the bat and the rainbow and the exciting tale of the witchdoctor and the giants.
This is the first time a group of young Aboriginal people have written and illustrated some of their own stories. The stories were written and illustrated by trainee teachers from Kormilda College, Darwin. Nothing depicted in this book is secret or sacred, according to the storytellers and artists.
'Djugurba : Tales from the Spirit Time' was Commended in The Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book Award in 1975.
- Kormilda College https://www.territorystories.nt.gov.au/jspui/handle/10070/213524
- Discover the many worlds of Australian Indigenous children’s literature by Ambelin Kwaymullina https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/voices/family/explainer/many-worlds-australian-indigenous-childrens-literature
- Early Childhood Australia. Understanding and Making Art: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in Early Childhood Settings https://learninghub.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/elearning/understanding-making-art-early-childhood-settings/
- Science Daily. Five-legged kangaroo? Telling the tale of a kangaroo’s tail https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140701193308.htm