Magabala Books Magabala Books Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher Support us

We respectfully caution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers that this website contains images of people who have passed away.


Yorro Yorro: Everything Standing Up Alive

Aboriginal elder, David Mowaljarlai, from the Kimberley region of Western Australia and Jutta Malnic rekindle a creation story that reaches back 60,000 years and is the oldest collective memory of humankind. Wandjina creation spirits transform into ancestor entities and eventually into human form. With more than 120 superb colour photographs, including extraordinary examples of rock paintings.


Praise for Yorro Yorro: Everything Standing Up Alive

"Mowarljarlai was a visionary.  His notion of two-way thinking is as authentic and provocative and relevant as ever."

Tim Winton

David Mowaljarlai

David Mowaljarlai (deceased), a Ngarinyin Elder, was born at Kunmunya on the remote Kimberley coast of north west Australia. He was a member of the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Read more

Jutta Malnic

Jutta Malnic, a Sydney photographer, was travelling in the Kimberley to photograph rock art in 1980 when she met David Mowaljarlai. She began a six-week project with him in 1986 that grew into six years. Jutta wrote Yorro Yorro as a...

Read more