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Jeannie Egan Nungarrayi Jeannie Egan Nungarrayi i(A123612 works by) (a.k.a. Jeanie Nungarrayi; Jeannie Nungarrayi; Jeannie Nungarrayi Egan)
Born: Established: 1948 Yuendumu, Southern Northern Territory, Northern Territory, ; Died: Ceased: 2009
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal
(Storyteller) assertion
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Jeannie Egan Nungarrayi was a long-time member of the Central Land Council and she was co-founder of the Jaru Pirrijirdi Program. The program's aim was to teach young Walpiri people their culture and the proper way of doing things. Egan was involved in bilingual education, worked at Yuendumu School for many years and represented Central Australian Aboriginal people at Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's 2020 Summit in 2008.

Egan was an artist and began painting commercially in 1987. Examples of her works are held in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. She won the 1987 National Aboriginal Art Award and the 1987 Rothmans Foundation Award.

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y separately published work icon Warlpiri Encyclopaedic Dictionary Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2022 25106760 2022 reference

'Warlpiri is a language of the Tanami Desert area of the Northern Territory of Australia. Hundreds of Warlpiri speakers from the main Warlpiri communities of Yuendumu, Willowra, Lajamanu, Nyirrpi and Alekarenge have contributed to the Warlpiri Dictionary, which has been more than 50 years in the making.

'It contains Warlpiri words with English translations; instructive example sentences rich with Warlpiri history and cultural practices; detailed flora and fauna information; more than 500 illustrations, plus colour photographs; and maps of Warlpiri country. With an English word finder, and a guide to Warlpiri grammar and to the complex vocabulary for family relations this dictionary is essential for both beginner and advanced speakers of Warlpiri, translators and interpreters, and for anyone interested in learning more about Warlpiri language and culture.' (Publication summary)

2023 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
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