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Two Sisters, New Edition

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Two Sisters, New Edition


Ngarta and Jukuna lived in the Great Sandy Desert. They traversed country according to the seasons, just as the Walmajarri people had done for thousands of years. But it was a time of change. Desert people who had lived with little knowledge of European settlement were now moving onto cattle stations. Those left behind were vulnerable and faced unimaginable challenges.

In 1961, when Jukuna leaves with her new husband, young Ngarta remains with a group of women and children. Tragedy strikes and Ngarta is forced to travel alone. Her survival depends on cunning and courage as she is pursued by two murderers in a vast unforgiving landscape.

Jukuna’s rich account may be the first autobiography written in an Aboriginal language. Presented in English and Walmajarri, her determination to see her language written has made her one of our most valued authors.

Praise for Two Sisters

"a remarkable story of courage and survival that traverses vast desert country." - Sally Morgan

"Unwavering courage shouts resolutely from the pages of this lyrical but gutsy true account of two Walmajarri sisters as they are pursued by murderers and face the loss of their ancient lifestyle.” - Marie Munkara

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards
Published August 2016 
160 pages
275mm x 225mm
ISBN 9781925936780

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