Ngaawily Nop: An old story retold
Kim Scott, Joyce Cockles, Roma Winmar and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project, with artwork by Roma Winmar and Alta Winmar
This story comes from the wise and ancient language of the First People of the Western Australian south coast. A boy goes looking for his uncle. He discovers family and home at the ocean’s edge, and finds himself as well. Ngaawily Nop is a story of country and family and belonging.
For ages 13 years and older
About: Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project
The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Incorporated Reference Group comprises family members who are descended from the South West of Western Australia and are interested in publishing and promoting some of the stories from that area.
The Group’s main objective is to reclaim Wirlomin stories and dialect, in support of the maintenance of Noongar language, and to share them with Noongar families and communities as part of a process to claim, control and enhance Wirlomin Noongar cultural heritage.
Inspired by creation stories told to the American linguist Gerhardt Laves at Albany, Western Australia, around 1931 and returned to the Noongar people by his family after his death in the 1980s, the stories in this series were workshopped through a series of community meetings involving elders – some of whom told stories to Laves in 1931 – artists, and linguists.
Dimensions: H 22.5cm x W 27.5cm
Publisher: UWA Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Number of Pages: 40