Yakanarra Song Book


A collection of 14 beautifully illustrated songs about Yakanarra and the Walmajarri people who live there. The collection includes songs about how the Walmajarri came to Yakanarra, their special places, the animals and birds and reptiles that live there, including the lungkura – the blue-tongued lizard. Ten of the songs are in Walmajarri and were written in the 1980s and 1990s by Walmajarri teachers. The four English songs and all the illustrations in the book were produced in a workshop with community elders Jessie Wamarla Moora and Mary Purnjurr Vanbee, along with songwriter Chris Aitken and ILF Lifetime Ambassador and former Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester.

The book was launched on Indigenous Literacy Day (6 September 2017).

Age guide: 8 - 12 years old.