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We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

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Gay’wu Group of Women in Song Spirals

“We have a life force… inside. ….the word dreaming. We are not asleep. We are here and have all this knowledge, this life force, collective thought, a soul that is created by water.”

Allen & Unwin

Gay’wu Group of Women is the ‘dilly bag women’s group’, a deep collaboration between five Yolngu women and three non-Aboriginal women over a decade. They are all co-authors of Weaving Lives Together at Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land and a book for young adults, Welcome to My Country.

Purchase your copy of Song Spirals

See the Gay’wu Group of Women and other First Nations Writers at Blak & Bright 2022

17– 20 March 22