Welcome to My Country

Burarrwanga;Wright;Suchet-Pearson;Lloyd

Come and spend some time with us at Bawaka. Get a taste of what it is like at different times of the year, and listen to our stories.Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for weaving, wood for spears, all kinds of useful things. This country is also rich with meaning. ‘We can go anywhere and see a river, hill, tree, rock telling a story.’Here too is Laklak’s own history, from her long walk across Arnhem Land as a child to her people’s fight for land rights and for a say in their children’s schooling. She and her family stand tall, a proud and successful Indigenous community.In the Yolngu world, we have a library in the land. You can’t destroy it. If you burn it, it grows again. The land is full of more knowledge than you can imagine.’Welcome to My Country is a beautifully warm, inviting experience. As soon as I read ‘When the moon goes past you can see its reflection (in the water) like the inside of your heart’, I knew this would be a very special read. Being immersed in an ‘experience’ is the way I would describe this book. It is an enticing journey into the heart of Yolngu life, in all its wonder across the physical, artistic and spiritual world. I love the conversational style – we walk, talk and sit down with family on every page. Lovely.’ – Ros Moriarty, author of Listening to Country

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  • Allen & Unwin
  • 9781743313961
  • Aug 1 2013
  • Edition 1
  • 224 Pages

$18.99