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SHORTLISTED – 2020 CHIEF MINISTERS NT BOOK AWARDS FOR YOUNG ADULT/CHILDREN
SHORTLISTED – 2019 CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (Eve Pownall Award for Information Books)
A delightful gift book of birds from around Yirrkala, which is Siena’s home in North-east Arnhem Land. This beautiful little book includes the English and Yolŋu names of the birds and their Yolŋu moiety. In Yolŋu culture, everything is divided into two moieties: Yirritja and Dhuwa – and as a result all things are classified, from a body of water to a specific type of tree or bird. Birds give themselves their Yolŋu name by the sounds they make. Our Birds also includes beautifully captured landscapes from a child’s perspective. When Siena was 12, she took up photography on her iPad, but was gifted a camera from her aunty. In a short period of time, Siena was an avid photographer and had published her own book of birds. This book is the result of that inspiration.
For each book sold, a donation will go to the Small Seeds Big Reads: Magabala Books for Little Hands philanthropic initiative.
"Our Birds tells the stories of some of the birds and places of Yirrkala… An enchanting vision of childhood in Australia, this book is also a lovely way to contemplate familiar birds in a different light."
"It’s a love song from a young Indigenous girl who appreciates the gift of the natural world around her and the wisdom of the ancient culture she’s part of."
South Sydney Herald