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Welcome To Country

Welcome To Country

by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy

Board book Age range: 3 to 5 years old Publication Date: 01/04/2020

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An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning board book from two Indigenous Australians.

Welcome to the lands of the Wurundjeri people. The people are part of the land, and the land is a part of them. Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries, permission is required. Each community has its own way of greeting, but the practice shares a common name: a Welcome to Country.

Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, the senior Aboriginal elder of the Wurundjeri people, channels her passion for storytelling into a remarkable and utterly unique picture book that invites readers to discover some of the history and traditions of her people. Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy gives the Wurundjeri Welcome to Country form in beautiful paintings rich with blues and browns, as full of wonder and history as the tradition they depict.

  • Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighboring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today. 
  • Written by Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy, a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance, and illustrated by Indigenous Australian artist Lisa Kennedy.
ISBN:
9781760652005
9781760652005
Category:
Picture books
Age range:
3 to 5 years old
Format:
Board book
Publication Date:
01-04-2020
Publisher:
Walker Books Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
26
Dimensions (mm):
223x193mm
Weight:
0.45kg
Aunty Joy Murphy

Aunty Joy Murphy is a respected Wurundjeri Elder and author of Welcome to Country.

Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy is a descendant of the Trawlwoolway People on the north-east coast of Tasmania. Lisa was born in Melbourne and as a child lived close to the Maribyrnong River. Here she experienced the gradual restoration of the natural river environment alongside cultural regeneration and reclamation.

Through sense of place she feels connected to the Wurundjeri country and all that entails – the water, the land, the animals and the ancestors. The experience of loss and reclamation is embedded in her work. Welcome to Country was her first title with Black Dog Books.

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