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Maadjit Walken is the Sacred Rainbow Serpent. She is the mother spirit and creator of Nyoongar Country in the south west of Western Australia. She formed the landscape and the waterways, and made her first child Maadjit Wagarl, the Sacred Water Snake, the guardian spirit of all the rivers and fresh waters. The Mark of the Wagarl is the story of how a little boy dared to question the wisdom of his elders and why he received the Sacred Water Snake for his totem. Janice Lyndon’s pastel illustrations resonate with the cultural power of the Maadjit Wagarl and the landscape of the south west.
Lorna is an Elder of the Bindjareb Noongar community. Her early years were spent at the Moore River Native Settlement but, during World War II, her family moved to Pinjarra, her ancestral home, where she learnt the Noongar language and...
We respectfully caution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers that this website contains images of people who have passed away.