Take a Sneak Peek at the Very Special Biography, Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja

Take a Sneak Peek at the Very Special Biography, Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja

Thanks to Magabala Book, we’re able to share with you a couple of extracts from the wonderful, utterly fascinating, and important biography of renowned Kimberley artist Yornadaiyn (Donny) Woolagoodja.

Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja, out 1 October, is a generous sharing of renowned Kimberley artist Yornadaiyn (Donny) Woolagoodja’s culture and traditional beliefs. Full of extraordinary images of the landscape, rock art, stone arrangements and the artist’s paintings, this book is a feast for anyone interested in rich cultural heritage.

“This is my book. This is my story about what my people have experienced of aalmara trying to stop them living in their Country and practising their Culture and making it hard for them to learn their language.”

Read the extracts below:

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Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja: A Fascinating and Important Biography

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21 October 2020

Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja: A Fascinating and Important Biography

    Publisher details

    Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja
    Author
    Yorna ‘Donny’ Woolagoodja
    Publisher
    Magabala Books
    Genre
    Non Fiction
    Released
    01 October, 2020
    ISBN
    9781925936162

    Synopsis

    This stunning book is a biography and a generous sharing of Yorna’s Culture and traditional beliefs. Explore the meaning of Country, Lalai (‘Creation’), Wandjina, Woongudd (the ‘Snake’), in the author’s Country in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Full of extraordinary images of the landscape, rock art, stone arrangements and the artist’s paintings, Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja is a feast for anyone interested in this rich cultural heritage. Special feature boxes on Joonba (‘Corroborree’), Native Title, Permisson and Respect, Sugarbag, Ancestors’ Bones, Collecting Turtle and many more.
    Yorna 'Donny' Woolagoodja
    About the author

    Yorna 'Donny' Woolagoodja

    Yorna (Donny) Woolagoodja is a renowned Kimberley artist whose giant Namaralay Wandjina featured in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He is the chairman of the Mowanjum Artists Spirit of the Wandjina Aboriginal Corporation. Born at Kunmunya Mission, Yorna was moved along with his family to Mowanjum, well south of their Woddorda homeland. There he watched his Elders painting the Wandjina on bark and boards, and learnt the stories of Lalai (creation). His father was Sam Woolagoodja, one of the last lore and medicine men of the Woddorda people. After his father’s death in 1979, Yorna took on responsibility for the land and for the passing on of cultural traditions. He became active in the pursuit of native title and leads walking and camping tours in the West Kimberley, educating younger generations in cultural lore and the importance of the land. Yorna co-wrote Keeping the Wandjinas Fresh (Fremantle Press 2005) and has worked on many collaborative ventures including other books and films.

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