Yahoo Creek : An Australian Mystery
Allen & Unwin, 2019
5-8yrs, Lower Primary, Primary
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Walmajarri / Walmatjarri language (A66) (WA SE51-16)
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- Animals, Mythical
- Art techniques
- New South Wales
'Yahoo Creek, An Australian Mystery' explores the mysterious yahoo through newspaper accounts of white settlers, farmers and their children’s encounters with the 'yahoo', 'hairy man' or 'yowie' from 1847-1944 along the Great Dividing Range. Through moonlit blue-black stencils, sponge effects and silhouette cut outs, Riddle depicts the yahoo as friendless, bewildered and frightened, like a wild animal. But children seem to pose no threat to him.
People’s fascination with the concept of the solitary, wild, hair covered hominid in the bush endures, even through the names of places, such as Yahoo Creek. Peter Williams, Ngiyampaa Elder, acknowledges the role of the yahoo, the ‘berai’ or ‘yuriwinna,’ in Aboriginal culture, who states that 'to my people he is spiritual figure, but he has a physical body and strong smell like a wet dog'.
Riddle’s book offers another way of looking at history, landscape and culture, inviting further reading for young readers to follow these newspaper stories of people's responses to an alien character in the enigmatic Australian bush.
- Notes on the Making of Yahoo Creek : an Australian mystery by Tohby Riddle https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/picture-books/Yahoo-Creek-Tohby-Riddle-9781760631451
- Barbara Braxton. The Bottom Shelf : Great Books for Little People https://thebottomshelf.edublogs.org/2019/03/27/yahoo-creek-an-australian-mystery/
- Blue Mountains Gazette. Katoomba’s Tohby Riddle launches book on the hairy man - the yahoo or yowie https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/5932365/riddle-me-this-does-the-yahoo-or-yowie-exist/