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G is for Gugunyal

A Dhurga alphabet book

Leanne Brook

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Aboriginal Studies Press
01 May 2022
G is for Gugunyal: A Dhurga alphabet book helps new speakers pronounce the 24 sounds used in Dhurga language. It complements The Dhurga Dictionary and Learner's Grammar: A south-east coast NSW Aboriginal language.

Dhurga is one of four traditional languages of the south coast of New South Wales. It was spoken by Yuin (Yuwinj) people between Nowra and Narooma, and as far inland as Braidwood and Araluen. Our language connects us to our people and our physical world. Traditional languages are being reclaimed and spoken across Australia. Fragments of Dhurga were kept by Elders and in books. Dhurga was sleeping; but is now being taught, learned and spoken by Yuin people.

The beautiful illustrations help readers to learn the 24 Dhurga sounds. They also introduce important land and marine animals, and other creatures of the south coast that are part of local creation and dreaming stories, and Lore.

A QR code allows readers to hear the book's Dhurga sounds and words spoken by a Yuin Elder.
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Imprint:   Aboriginal Studies Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 250mm, 
ISBN:   9781922102805
ISBN 10:   1922102806
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Leanne Brook is a proud Murramarang Yuin woman living in Ulladulla, New South Wales. She is a contemporary artist, illustrator and author, and uses her art to connect with her culture, land, people and language. Leanne began learning Dhurga after starting work at Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council. She felt she was regaining something that had been missing, for her, her community and especially for her mother and Dhurga Elders. 'Now I feel a sense of responsibility and a calling to help my community restore and teach our native tongue, ' says Leanne. Leanne Brook is a proud Murramarang Yuin woman living in Ulladulla, New South Wales. She is a contemporary artist, illustrator and author, and uses her art to connect with her culture, land, people and language. Leanne began learning Dhurga after starting work at Ulladulla Local Aboriginal Land Council. She felt she was regaining something that had been missing, for her, her community and especially for her mother and Dhurga Elders. 'Now I feel a sense of responsibility and a calling to help my community restore and teach our native tongue, ' says Leanne.

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