Welcome to Country: A Traditional Aboriginal Ceremony
Welcome to Country: A Traditional Aboriginal Ceremony
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Annotation: The author, the senior Aboriginal elder of the Wurundjeri people, channels her passion for storytelling into a picture book that invites readers to discover some of the history and traditions of her people.
Catalog Number: #148818
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-9499-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-9499-9
Dewey: 392
LCCN: 2018930193
Dimensions: 26 x 30 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
A few things make this glimpse into one of Australia's Aboriginal communities memorable. First, it shares the timely concept of welcoming visitors. Second, the text reflects the authority and grace of Murphy's experience as a senior Aboriginal elder of the Wurundjeri people. And third, the art is breathtakingly beautiful. The book describes an ancient Aboriginal practice in which travelers must seek permission as they move across territories. Boundaries are defined by rivers and mountains, and respect for the land is integral to the Wurundjeri. When permission is granted, it is with the understanding that all are welcome to the earth's resources but people must only take as much as they can return. Richly pigmented illustrations in a traditional style depict the close connection between people, animals, land, and elements. There is a formality in the tone of the text that some readers might find unusual but not unfriendly. This unique picture book lends itself easily to social studies curricula, but its poetic qualities should not be overlooked.
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ALA Booklist (2/1/18)
Horn Book (4/1/19)
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 2-5

An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning picture 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.


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