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Etta and the Shadow Taboo

Dr. Jared M Field Jeremy Worrall



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07 June 2023
Where is theirs?

And where is mine?

To hurt a shadow

Is surely a crime

When Etta steps on Baawaa’s (her sister's) shadow, she learns of the Shadow Taboo, and learns to value the personal space of others, as well as her own.

Written by Gamilaraay author JM Field and illustrated by Ngarabal/Gomeroi artist Jeremy Worrall, Etta and the Shadow Taboo will invite readers to follow a Gamilaraay tradition where one must avoid stepping on the shadows of others.

2024 CBCA Award for New Illustrator: Shortlisted Book

Illustrated by:   Jeremy Worrall
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 300mm,  Width: 260mm, 
ISBN:   9781760509798
ISBN 10:   1760509795
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 99 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JM Field grew up on waterfall country, in a small town along the Great Dividing Range on Dharug land. He is, however, a Gamilaraay Guwaymadhaan mari from Moree way, where the red sand meets the black soil. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney in mathematics and French literature, followed by a doctorate in Mathematical Biology at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He is still a research mathematician, but fills his spare time writing. Jeremy Worrall is a Ngarabal/Gomeroi multimedia artist. As a young First Nations man, Jeremy specialises in First Nations multimedia, working on a range of government and private projects for community. He is also working on a personal project that explores the visual representation of the Dreamtime and provides a platform for First Nations people to share their stories.

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