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Jukuna Mona Chuguna Jukuna Mona Chuguna i(A80083 works by) (a.k.a. Jukuna)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Walmajarri / Walmatjarri
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Jukuna Mona Chuguna, sister of Ngarta Jinny Bent 'was a young woman when she walked out of the desert with her husband and some of his family. They worked on cattle stations for a number of years, [before moving] to the Mission at Fitzroy Crossing in the early 1970s. Jukuna was among the first women to attend Walmajarri literacy classes and worked on Walmajarri projects with linguists. She later attended an adult education centre to learn to write English, and began painting pictures of her homeland. She has travelled widely in Australia and overseas to exhibit her paintings and is a regular teacher of Walmajarri'.

Source: Fremantle Press website (Sighted: 20/01/2011)

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert : Stories from the Walmajarri Broome : Magabala Books , 2015 8299681 2015 single work autobiography children's

'The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the remarkable account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl and her family in the desert country of north-west Australia. A collection of accessible stories that elucidate the rich cultural lives of pre-contact Aboriginal Australians.' (Source: Magabala Books website)

2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Book for Language Development – Indigenous Children
y separately published work icon Two Sisters : Ngarta and Jukuna Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2004 Z1091243 2004 selected work autobiography biography 'For the first 150 years of European settlement in Australia the Walmajarri people of the Great Sandy Desert remained untouched by Western influence. The First World War came and went, and left no impression in the sandhills. The Second World War had faint reverberations, but no one in the desert had heard of Hitler or Churchill, nor even the Australian prime minister John Curtin. The Vietnam War, about which they had heard nothing, was still in progress when two sisters, Jukuna and Ngarta, finally emerged from the Great Sandy Desert. It would be later still before they first heard the word Australia and learned that they were not only Walmajarri, but also Australians. This is their extroadinary story.' (Source: Back cover, 2004 edition)
2004 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-Fiction
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