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Walking the Rock Country in Kakadu

Karrire kundenge karribolknan kunwarddehwardde

Diane Lucas Ben Tyler Emma Long

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Allen & Unwin
01 June 2024
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It's yekke, early dry season. Kundenge karrire kunwarddehwardde. Let's walk the rock country. Wardi karribolknan, let's see what we can see in Gagudju, Kakadu.

Ben Tyler and Diane Lucas share stories, knowledge and their love of the land on a walk through one of Australia's most ancient and beautiful ecosystems, introducing Kundjeyhmi language, one of the Bininj Kunwok languages of Kakadu and western Arnhem Land, along the way.

Look into these lush green bushes.

We might find something . . . There is alyurr!

Kakkak Kapindi, my mother's mother, told us alyurr are the Lightning people's children. When the rains begin, they come out of the soil. As they grow, they shed their skins and their bright colours are revealed. Soon they will find a mate.

Emma Long's detailed and beautifully rendered images bring to vivid life the rich and varied plant and animal life of this unique place, encouraging young and old to see, hear, smell and feel the land and experience how Aboriginal people have lived and walked Country for thousands of years.

From the creators of Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest, CBCA shortlisted for the 2022 Eve Pownall Award and the New Illustrator Award:

'This information-laden book, complete with glossary, brims with life, beauty and magic. It is a delightful read for primary school children.' Books+Publishing

'Allows young readers to learn as they enjoy, this is a story that encourages respect for and harmony with nature.' Readings Booksellers
By:   ,
Illustrated by:   Emma Long
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 285mm, 
Weight:   422g
ISBN:   9781761067860
ISBN 10:   1761067869
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 10 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

DIANE LUCAS grew up exploring the bush in New South Wales. She moved to Kakadu in her late twenties. There she worked as a schoolteacher on an Aboriginal outstation and in turn was taught many things about the bush. From 1991 to 1996, Diane worked on a research project in Kakadu, documenting traditional resources on the South Alligator River floodplain and surrounds. She was encouraged by the elders to write about the land and get stories to children. They have supported her efforts as an educator with her children's books, the first being Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu. Since then she has had seven other publications. She now lives only two hours from Kakadu, with her husband, and maintains a close relationship with the people and country of Kakadu. She and her husband travel in northern Australia and Africa doing botanical and fire ecology work. Diane is inspired by wild landscapes and the cultural context of these places, and the way children explore and play in wild habitats with such ease. She does much of her writing as she travels and walks in the bush. BEN TYLER is a Bininj entrepreneur and founder of bush food brand Kakadu Kitchen. He currently lives in Darwin on Larrakia country, studying business at Charles Darwin University. On his breaks he returns home to Kakadu to visit his mum and family at their remote family outstation at Patonga Homestead, located beside the Jim Jim Creek in Kakadu National Park. Ben loves gardening with his mum Jessie, and both were very happy when his sister Mandy discovered her green thumb during the Northern Territory's Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020. Mandy now teaches her grandsons Anthony and Tyrese to love gardening too. The Kakadu billabong family community enjoy growing many types of tropical fruits and vegetables like pawpaw, banana, tomatoes, broccoli, citrus trees, mangoes, cashews, custard apples, tamarind and bush foods like red apple, white apple and native lemongrass. The community includes close relatives from Tiwi Islands and has always been a place that welcomes family, friends and visitors into their busy, noisy, joyful billabong home in Kakadu. An accomplished artist, who was shortlisted in the 2022 CBCA Award for New Illustrator for their work on Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest, EMMA LONG has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions across the Northern Territory. Their passion for creative arts has led them to work as an art educator in secondary schools as well as pursue a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a Certificate in Printmaking and a Graduate Diploma of Education. They are inspired by the fresh, raw beauty of nature and feel most at home in the bush with a brush in hand. Emma lives in Darwin with their husband and four children and continues to work as an illustrator and an art educator.

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