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i-Tjuma: Ngaanyatjarra stories from the Western Desert of Central Australia edited by Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis, Inge Kral, Jennifer Green

i-Tjuma: Ngaanyatjarra stories from the Western Desert of Central Australia
edited by Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis, Inge Kral, Jennifer Green


Paperback | Nov 2020 | UWA Publishing | 9781760801533 | 276pp | 210x210mm | GEN | AUD$34.99, NZD$39.99

Between 2012 and 2019 Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis, Inge Kral and Jennifer Green worked together to make an enduring record of endangered verbal arts in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands communities of Western Australia. They filmed traditional Ngaanyatjarra tjinytjatjunku or mirlpa (telling stories while drawing in the sand) with women and girls. They then loaded up some iPads with a drawing app and filmed younger women using this new technology to draw with as they told stories about everyday life in their desert communities.

The sixteen iPad stories are presented in i-Tjuma: Ngaanyatjarra stories from the Western Desert of Central Australia and readers can view the films with a linked QR codes. The stories burst with colour and originality, blending tradition and innovation and providing a unique window on the storytelling arts of an ancient culture.

Story writers: Joella Butler; Katrina Giles; Bethany Cooke; Claudine Butler; Phillipa Butler; Kresna Cameron; Delisha Reid; Donisha Yunkett; Trisha Lewis; Susan Reid