A contemporary story about a young girl who has grown up in the city and who is to return to Badu Island to stay with her aka (grandmother). It is time for Wandihnu to learn about the customs and culture of her people who come from the Torres Strait. This morality tale highlights the importance of listening to your elders. Wandihnu learns a great lesson when she refuses to learn Kala Lagaw Ya, her native Torres Strait language. When her aka becomes sick Wandihnu is required to get medicinal oil from the old dugong to heal her. But the old dugong won't listen, he only speaks Kala Lagaw Ya. If only Wandihnu had paid attention...
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(250mm x 230mm x 3mm)
Publisher: Magabala Books
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Wymarra
Elizabeth and Wandihnu began writing stories as a motherdaughter project, and they have made many visits back to Badu Island to research stories of their family and Torres Strait Islander culture. Benjamin Hodges has been a professional artist for many years and his passion for art goes back to his childhood. In 2005 he won the National NAIDOC Poster Award, which saw his work displayed nationally in Australia."