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Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja


This stunning book is a biography and a generous sharing of Yorna’s Culture and traditional beliefs. Explore the meaning of Country, Lalai (‘Creation’), Wandjina, Woongudd (the ‘Snake’), in the author’s Country in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Full of extraordinary images of the landscape, rock art, stone arrangements and the artist’s paintings, Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja is a feast for anyone interested in this rich Cultural heritage. Special feature boxes on Joonba (‘Corroborree’), Native Title, Permisson and Respect, Sugarbag, Ancestors’ Bones,
Collecting Turtle and many more.


Praise for Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja

"This is not a typical biography. It is also a photographic journey, an art book, a history book and, I found, a cultural learning experience. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" 
Alice Wilson, Good Reading

"…a moving and energetic memoir…"
Declan Fry, The Sun-Herald

"A landmark book we should all embrace."
Robert O'Hearn, Booktopia

"...a beautiful and sacred book, full of ancestral knowledge. These words shared by Yornadayin Woolagoodja have touched our spirits and enriched our minds and we carry them with us in each moment."
Blackfulla Bookclub

"This is a special biography...It’s a stunning book that educates, inspires and promotes deeper understanding of First Nations cultures and traditions." 
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Yorna (Donny) Woolagoodja
Yorna (Donny) Woolagoodja is a renowned Kimberley artist whose giant Namaralay Wandjina featured in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He is the chairman of the Mowanjum Artists Spirit of the Wandjina Aboriginal Corporation.

Born at Kunmunya...

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