Author Ambelin Kwaymullina’s writes ‘this is for all the Aboriginal girls – may you walk tall, stay strong and always be able to find your way home.’
Today I read The Lost Girl to my daughter on a walk through the bush. Last week was National Reconciliation week here in Australia, and this book helped me try and explain the wisdom, knowledge and deep connection that indigenous Australians share with the land.
In this story, a young girl wanders from her camp, away from ‘the Mothers, the Aunties and the Grandmothers, from the Fathers and the Uncles and the Grandfathers’ and becomes lost. Mother Nature protects and sustains her, and guides her safely home.
“When I was hungry, she fed me.
When I was cold, she warmed me.
And when I was lost, she showed me the way home.”
This insightful book is by award-winning author Ambelin Kwaymullina, from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with painted illustrations by fine artist Leanne Tobin, of Dharug descent, the traditional Aboriginal people of Greater Western Sydney.
The Lost Girl
Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
First published: 2014