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Main Title: Song spirals : sharing women's wisdom of Country through songlines / Gay'Wu Group of Women ; Laklak Burarrwana, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Kate Lloyd. Book Cover
Author: Gay'Wu Group of Women
Burarrwana, Laklak, author.
Ganambarr, Ritjilili
Ganambarr-Stubbs, Merrkiyawuy
Ganambarr, Banbapuy
Maymuru, Djawundil, author.
Wright, Sarah, author.
Suchet-Pearson, Sandie, author.
Lloyd, Kate, author.
Gay'Wu Group of Women
Imprint: Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Collation: x, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations and portraits (some colour), paperback ; 24 cm.
Subject: Stella Prize Nominations
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Nominations
Prime Minister's Literary Award Nominations
First Nations Australians
First Nations Australians - - Music and dance
First Nations Australians - - Stories and religion
First Nations Australians - - Land and landscape
Yolngu (First Nations Australian people)
ISBN: 9781760633219
'We want you to come with us on our journey, our journey of songspirals. Songspirals are the essence of people in this land, the essence of every clan. We belong to the land and it belongs to us. We sing to the land, sing about the land. We are that land. It sings to us.' Aboriginal Australians are the longest surviving human culture on earth, and at the heart of Aboriginal culture is song. These ancient narratives of landscape have often been described as a means of navigating across vast distances without a map, but they are much, much more than this. Songspirals are sung by Aboriginal people to awaken Country, to make and remake the life-giving connections between people and place. Songspirals are radically different ways of understanding the relationship people can have with the landscape. For Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land, women and men play different roles in bringing songlines to life, yet the vast majority of what has been published is about men's songlines. Songspirals is a rare opportunity for outsiders to experience Aboriginal women's role in crying the songlines in a very authentic and direct form.

Gay'wu Group of Women is the 'dilly bag women's group', a deep collaboration between five Yolngu women and three non-Aboriginal women over a decade - all co-athors of two other books. The group is made up of Laklak Burarrwanga, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Kate Lloyd, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Wuymirri -- Wikun -- Guwak -- Wititj -- Go-gurtha.

Stella Prize Longlist 2020
Winner Prime Minister's Literary Award 2020
Item in English and Yolngu.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 REL GAY Available