Sky Country

Magabala Books
Aunty Patsy Cameron, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy
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Age range 5 to 12

‘With our grandmother we walk all the way to the peak of the mountain. Cold wind blows through our hair.

“Yah Melaythenner, Peulinghenar,” Grandmother calls. Hello Country. Greetings.

We hear whispering and we listen with all our ears.’

An ancient story of creation that describes two Ancestral Beings who came down from the Milky Way to create the Trouwerner (Tasmanian) landscape.

Using some traditional language, this extraordinary children’s picture book, filled with stunning illustrations, retells a captivating Ancestral memory dating back to the Ice Age — a period of time when Trouwerner was joined to the Australian mainland. Join Aunty Patsy Cameron as she generously shares the creation story of Trouwerner Country and its people.

Contributor Bio

Aunty Patsy Cameron is a highly regarded Elder, author, researcher and cultural historian. She recognises the need for First Nations voice and perspective in the interpretation and communication of Tasmanian Aboriginal history, heritage and culture. She is a cultural practitioner of the art of shell necklace making, fibre and kelp craft, and a storyteller of note in the community. Her approach is inclusive and evidences a life-long commitment to the progressive engagement of Tasmanians with the deep human history of their island. She is the author of award-winning children’s picture book Sea Country (2021), illustrated by Lisa Kennedy.

Lisa Kennedy is a descendant of the coastal Pairebeenne/Trawlwoolway Clan in north-east Tasmania. She has always carried a deep love of Country and has been blessed to work alongside Aunty Patsy on Sea Country (2021). Lisa finds her most meaningful work is to collaborate with Elders to visually express the often hidden voices of Ancestors and Country in a way that is accessible to many.

Lisa has illustrated many award-winning books for young people and is published both in Australia and internationally.

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