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Yarkuwa to launch book as part of Culture Fest

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March 30, 2018

Tracy Hamilton, Jeanette Crew and Laticia Ross at Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre preparing for Saturday’s book launch.

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre will launch its children’s book Kawir & Kuthun on Saturday.

The launch will take place on the Bush Poet’s stage at 11am in the Waring Gardens, as part of the Deni Arts + Culture Fest.

The ceremony will include a Welcome to Country and collaborators talking about how and why the book came to fruition.

There will also be book readings under a marquee after the ceremony as well as book signings by those involved.

Yarkuwa chair Jeanette Crew said the organisation is proud to present the finished book to the community.

The book is primarily for youth and childcare but to be read by adults, created as a language learning tool with both Wamea Wamea and English language included.

Kawir & Kuthun is translated in English to ‘why emu can’t fly’ and ‘brolga has only two eggs’, delivering a cultural message about sharing and the consequences that arise when you don’t.

Mrs Crew said the book is a valuable resource to the community.

‘‘The project has been led by the Deniliquin language committee which includes Glen Ross, Stephen Charles and Karen Mobourne.

‘‘It’s a local product, published by a local publisher, illustrations by local artists and children, designed by a local designer, and printed by a local printer.

‘‘It’s something really excellent. It already has exhibition rights in the Melbourne Art Book Fair,’’ she said.

This is Yarkuwa’s first book publication so they encourage people to support the launch and learn from this wisdom of the dreamtime story.

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