Yorro Yorro: Everything Standing Up Alive : Spirit of the Kimberley

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Magabala Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 233 pages
This book is a testament to the extraordinary cumulative knowledge of the Wandjina people of the Kimberley, the remote northwest region of Australia, a place of transcendentally beautiful wilderness and rich human history. It begins with the authors' journey to Lejmorro, one of the least accessible but most important sites of the early Wandjina rock paintings. Recognized by his people as an articulate receiver and transmitter of the ancient and ongoing story, Mowaljarlai elucidates the meaning of the paintings and their pictorial tales, augmented by Malnic's awe-inspiring photographs of the country, its people and the original rock paintings. The authors are joined by four other elders in an elaboration of a history pre-dating the ice age and tracing their ancestry to the beginning of human existence. Mowaljarlai also tells of his upbringing in the family network of traditional bush existence. Superb archival photographs of young Mowaljarlai with his family and those who gave him his k

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David Mowaljarlai was a Ngarinyin elder and accomplished statesman for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. He was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993. He died in 1997. Jutta Malnic, a Sydney photographer, began a six-week project with Mowaljarlai in 1986 that grew into six years, resulting in the publication of Yorro Yorro.

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