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Raymaŋgirrbuy dhäwu When I was a little girl

A beautiful story of Kylie’s life on her grandmother’s Country, Raymangirr, a remote Yolŋu homeland in North East Arnhem Land in the Top End of Australia.

This is a sweetly told story of the author’s experiences with her grandmother. From watching her grinding ochre and painting in the shade of a tree, to hunting for bush honey (guku) and painting cermonial guku designs on their bodies (special permission was given to Kylie to paint this) and doing the guku dance to full-moon night fishing and cooking up a fish feast on the beach.

Raymaŋgirrbuy dhäwu When I was a little girl developed through the author’s expressed interest in developing her skills in writing and illustrating. With the support of Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Kylie developed the story with her mother and grandmother about the country, and cultural activities Gapuwiyak and in their Raymangirr homelands.  

Click here to hear how to pronounce some Djambarrpuyŋu words.


Praise for Raymaŋgirrbuy dhäwu When I was a little girl

“Her stories and accompanying illustrations are lively, joyful and peopled...Raymaŋgirrbuy dhäwu, When I Was a Little Girl is a generous act of sharing and will enlighten young readers aged 4+ about life in Arnhem Land.”
Angela Meyer, Books+Publishing


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