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    Aboriginal Darwin: A guide to exploring important sites of the past and present

    Aboriginal Darwin shows the rich heritage and complex cultures of Aboriginal people, both before and since colonisation. To most visitors and locals, Darwin is a vibrant, tropical city in the Top End, but it is also a living Aboriginal cultural landscape. The book includes contemporary and historical sites that range from the harbour to the beaches, monsoon forests, gardens, parks, camping places, exhibitions, cultural displays and buildings in the CBD, supplemented by information about sites not accessible to visitors.

    Beautifully illustrated, Aboriginal Darwin’s easy-to-use layout allows users to explore at their own pace.

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    Kriol Language Version with English Language guide. A puppetry project and book by Wugularr children and community. BuwaBori (River Boy) is the story of a boy and a river. One day the river became dirty, so the boy decided that he needed to find out why. So he walked and he walked, following the water. As he walked animals and spirits appeared to help him and guide him on his way.
    The artwork for River Boy was created at Wugularr School with the 5/6 class and at Ghunmarn Culture Centre with members of Djilpin Arts.

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    Rembarrnga Language Version with English Language guide. A puppetry project and book by Wugularr children and community. BuwaBori (River Boy) is the story of a boy and a river. One day the river became dirty, so the boy decided that he needed to find out why. So he walked and he walked, following the water. As he walked animals and spirits appeared to help him and guide him on his way.
    The artwork for River Boy was created at Wugularr School with the 5/6 class and at Ghunmarn Culture Centre with members of Djilpin Arts.

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    Limited edition volume celebrating 20 years of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival. Gorgeous full colour images show the fun of the festival and the details of fabulous beanies. Understand how the beanie has developed into a regional artform. Enjoy some of the beanies who won the People's Choice. Read snippets from some of the organisations and Central Desert communities with whom we work. Read about the beanie story and the gentle reconciliation possibilities that the festival offers.
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    The extraordinary story of the cyclone that destroyed Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974 - in the words the people who survived.
    Thirty years ago, on Christmas Day 1974, Australia woke up to the news that Darwin had been devastated by Cyclone Tracy.

    Only hours before, the town of Darwin was winding down for the holiday season. Like many people that day, Josephine Foreman spent the morning cooking a large turkey for Christmas lunch; Geoff Crane took the opportunity to finish some last-minute Christmas shopping. Reports of an approaching cyclone were taken lightly-after all, the last cyclone had been little more than a storm with a bit more wind. Besides, it was Christmas .

    At midnight on Christmas Eve, Cyclone Tracy roared in from the Arafura Sea and in six hours wiped out Darwin. It was Australia's worst natural disaster-a night of fear and horror, a storm of unprecedented savagery and destruction.

    Winds of 300 kilometres per hour totally destroyed nearly all of Darwin's buildings and caused the deaths of more than fifty people. When Christmas Day finally dawned, many counted themselves lucky to still be alive.

    Thirty years later, some of those who lived through the cyclone's devastation recall their frightening experiences-from the sheer terror of the storm itself, to the heart-wrenching days that followed and the mass clean-up operation and evacuation of more than 20,000 people in six days. This is a compelling account of tragedy, survival and human courage.
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    For many years IAD Press have very successfully used the imprint 'Jukurrpa Books' - Jukurrpa is a Warlpiri word meaning 'Dreaming', Story' or 'Law'.

    The Institute for Aboriginal Development (IAD) is committed to the promotion of cultural authority and recognition, and as IAD and IAD Press are situated on the banks of the Todd River in the heart of Arrernte country, the Board and their Elders believe that appropriate recognition and deference be given to the people on whose land IAD stands on by changing the imprint to 'Angkitja Books' - Angkitja is the Eastern, Central and Western Arrernte word for "keeping information safe for the future".  

    In this age when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and culture are so much under threat, it is appropriate to name the publishing label after a word that means keeping safe - keeping culture safe, keeping language safe. To Warlpiri, Luritja, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunitjatjara friends - thank you for allowing the use of your language for so many years and pay homage to the Elders both past and present who have allowed this.

    Designed and published in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs, by IAD Press - the publishing unit of the Institute for Aboriginal Development.

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