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The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert
Author: Jukuna Mona Chuguna

ISBN: 9781922142054
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1 February 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 16.5
The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the remarkable account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl and her family in the desert country of north-west Australia. A collection of accessible stories that elucidate the rich cultural lives of pre-contact Aboriginal Australians, this book is a valuable resource for educators and young readers, and is accompanied by beautiful black and white illustrations.

About the Author

Jukuna Mona Chuguna, sister of Ngarta Jinny Bent (q.v.), 'was a young woman when she walked out of the desert with her husband and some of his family. They worked on cattle stations for a number of years, [before moving] to the Mission at Fitzroy Crossing in the early 1970s.

Jukuna was among the first women to attend Walmajarri literacy classes and worked on Walmajarri projects with linguists. She later attended an adult education centre to learn to write English, and began painting pictures of her homeland. She has travelled widely in Australia and overseas to exhibit her paintings and is a regular teacher of Walmajarri'.

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