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y separately published work icon Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja selected work   children's fiction   children's   Indigenous story  
Alternative title: Tjarany : Tjaranykura Tjukurrpa Ngaanpa Kalkinpa Wangka Tjukurrtjanu; Tjarany : Roughtail
Note: Translated and adapted by Gracie Greene and Joe Tramacchi.
Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja
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'Tjarany Roughtail contains eight dreamtime stories from the Kukatja people of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley Region. Each story is complemented by beautiful artworks painted by Aboriginal artist Lucille Gill that visually explain each story using traditional dot paintings. Told in English and Kukatja, the book includes magnificent paintings, maps, kinship diagrams, exercises and language notes. Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Award.'

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Unit Suitable ForAC: Year 6 (NSW Stage 3)

 Curriculum Summary

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 Themes

Aboriginality, animals, bullying, identity, jealousy, kinship, Language, morality, revenge

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Intercultural understanding, Literacy

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Notes

  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,:Magabala Books , 1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Crow and the Eagle : How the Crow Came to Be Black, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction
'Long ago in the Dreamtime, the crow was white. The crow and the eagle were the best of friends ...'
(p. 5-9)
The Emu and the Turkey, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction
'Long time ago, turkey and emu were the best of friends. The used to go hunting together ...'
(p. 10-15)
The Black Goanna, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction Indigenous story
'In the Dreamtime, before he was black, this goanna used to live on his own ...'
(p. 16-19)
The Witchetty Grub Man Dreaming, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction
'A long time ago, there were two Snake men who were people in the Dreamtime ...'
(p. 20-25)
Note: In Kukatja language text with parallel translation in English.
Kalpartu the Dreamtime Snake, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction
'The Dreamtime snake Kalpartu lives in the deep waters in rivers and lakes and rockholes. He is a spirit snake. ...'
(p. 26-29)
Note: In Kukatja language text with parallel translation in English.
How the Emu Got Short Wings, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction
'A long time ago, the emu bird lived in the sky. His nest was on the clouds. ...'
(p. 30-33)
Note: In Kukatja language text with parallel translation in English.
The Seven Sisters, Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , single work children's fiction
'In the Dreamtime, the seven Napaptjarri sisters often came down from the sky. They used a very special hill for a landing place. ...'
(p. 34-36)
Note: In Kukatja language text with parallel translation in English.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Tjarany Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja
Alternative title: Tjarany : Tjaranykura Tjukurrpa Ngaanpa Kalkinpa Wangka Tjukurrtjanu
Language: Aboriginal Kukatja , English
Notes:
In Kukatja language text with parallel translation in English.
    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 1990 .
      image of person or book cover 2209262015197388626.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: viii, 53, [2]p.p.
      Description: illus.(chiefly col.), maps.
      Reprinted: 1992 , 1993
      Note/s:
      • Includes index, Kukatja word list, and Notes on Kukatja.
      ISBN: 0958810141
    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 1996 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Magabala Books
      Extent: viii, 53 p.p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
      • With title: Tjarany Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja.
      • Includes index, Kukatja word list, and Notes on Kukatja.
      ISBN: 1875641301
Language: English , Aboriginal Kukatja
Notes:
In Kukatja language text with parallel translation in English.
    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 1992 .
      image of person or book cover 440053996565701989.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 53p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Note/s:
      • Titled as: Tjarany : Roughtail
      • Includes index, Kukatja word list, and Notes on Kukatja.
      ISBN: 875641300, 9781875641307

Works about this Work

Indigenous Picture Books Offering Windows into Worlds Ambelin Kwaymullina , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 14 June 2017;
'In a town by the sea that lies in the homeland of the Yawuru people, there sits a small publisher. But in the scope of its ambition, the depth and complexity of its range, and its commitment to bringing the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to all Australians, Magabala Books looms large on the Australian literary landscape.' (Introduction)
Australian Children’s Literature and Postcolonialism : A Review Essay Xu Daozhi , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
'The theme of land and country is resonant in Australian children’s literature with Aboriginal subject matter. The textual and visual narratives present counter-discourse strategies to challenge the colonial ideology and dominant valuation of Australian landscape. This paper begins by examining the colonial history of seeing Australia as an “empty space”, naming, and appropriating the land by erasing Aboriginal presence from the land. Then it explores the conceptual re-investment of Aboriginal connections to country in the representation of Australian landscape, as reflected and re-imagined in fiction and non-fiction for child readers. Thereby, as the paper suggests, a shared and reconciliatory space can at least discursively be negotiated and envisioned. ' (Publication abstract)
Introduction : Picture Books ... Then, Now and Beyond Kerry Mallan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Picture Books and Beyond 2014; (p. 1-11)

This chapter briefly outlines some general trends and influences, histories,

and changes that have contributed to both the picture book and its digital

transformation.

y separately published work icon Unsettling Narratives : Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature Clare Bradford , Waterloo : Wilfrid Laurier University Press , 2007 Z1415102 2007 single work criticism

'Children's books seek to assist children to understand themselves and their world. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts position child readers as citizens of postcolonial nations, how they represent the colonial past to modern readers, what they propose about race relations, and how they conceptualize systems of power and government.

Clare Bradford focuses on texts produced since 1980 in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand and includes picture books, novels, and films by Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and producers. From extensive readings, the author focuses on key works to produce a thorough analysis rather than a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up an area of scholarship and discussion - the use of postcolonial theories - relatively new to the field of children's literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized within mainstream cultures ' (From publisher's catalogue).

Contents: Introduction. Part One: 'When Languages Collide': Resistance and Representation 1. Language, Resistance, and Subjectivity.2. Indigenous Texts and Publishers.3. White Imaginings.4. Telling the Past. Part Two: Place and Postcolonial Significations.5. Space, Time, Nation. 6. Borders, Journeys, and Liminality.7. Politics and Place.8. Allegories of Place and Race.Conclusion

The 'Art' of Research Linda Knight , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 65-86)
Untitled Halina Nowicka , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 37 no. 2 1993; (p. 32)

— Review of Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , 1990 selected work children's fiction
Information Books in Paperback 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 12 no. 3 1997; (p. 40)

— Review of Feathers, Fur and Frills Kilmeny Niland , 1980 single work picture book ; Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , 1990 selected work children's fiction
Dreamtime Tales From the Central Desert Patricia Nolan , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 4 November no. 38 1992; (p. 22) Koori Mail , 2 December no. 40 1992; (p. 13)

— Review of Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , 1990 selected work children's fiction
'Did you ever wonder why the roughtail lizard's tall is rough, why crows are black or why emus have short wings? Tjarany Roughtail will tell you this and much more. For those interested in Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, Aboriginal culture and language, Tjarany Roughtail is an essential addition to your book collection'.
Forecasts Margaret Dunkle , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , August vol. 72 no. 1029 1992; (p. 29-31)

— Review of Dresses of Red and Gold Robin Klein , 1992 single work novel ; Night Music Nigel Gray , 1992 single work novel ; Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , 1990 selected work children's fiction ; To the Dark Tower Victor Kelleher , 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , 1992 single work novel ; Lerakim Watched Maureen Stewart , 1992 single work children's fiction
The Children's Book of the Year Awards Shortlists Kerry Neary , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 8 no. 2 1993; (p. 19-21)

— Review of Take My Word For It : Lisa's Journal John Marsden , 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein , 1992 single work novel ; Dinosaur Encore Patricia Mullins , 1992 single work picture book ; Titans! Michael Stephens , 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Cage of Butterflies Brian Caswell , 1992 single work novel ; Lucy's Bay Gary Crew , 1992 single work picture book ; Pagan's Crusade Catherine Jinks , 1992 single work novel ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham , 1992 single work picture book ; The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher , 1992 single work children's fiction ; Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene , Joe Tramacchi , Lucille Gill , 1990 selected work children's fiction ; Belinda Pamela Allen , 1992 single work picture book ; Grandad's Gifts Paul Jennings , 1991 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman , 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Web Nette Hilton , 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Fat and Juicy Place Diana Kidd , 1992 single work children's fiction ; Leaving it to You Wendy Orr , 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough , 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , 1992 single work novel
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1993 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 37 no. 3 1993; (p. 2-8)
Judge's report for the 1993 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award.
Untitled Gracie Greene , Lucille Gill , Joe Tramacchi , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 37 no. 4 1993; (p. 4-5)
y separately published work icon Unsettling Narratives : Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature Clare Bradford , Waterloo : Wilfrid Laurier University Press , 2007 Z1415102 2007 single work criticism

'Children's books seek to assist children to understand themselves and their world. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts position child readers as citizens of postcolonial nations, how they represent the colonial past to modern readers, what they propose about race relations, and how they conceptualize systems of power and government.

Clare Bradford focuses on texts produced since 1980 in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand and includes picture books, novels, and films by Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and producers. From extensive readings, the author focuses on key works to produce a thorough analysis rather than a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up an area of scholarship and discussion - the use of postcolonial theories - relatively new to the field of children's literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized within mainstream cultures ' (From publisher's catalogue).

Contents: Introduction. Part One: 'When Languages Collide': Resistance and Representation 1. Language, Resistance, and Subjectivity.2. Indigenous Texts and Publishers.3. White Imaginings.4. Telling the Past. Part Two: Place and Postcolonial Significations.5. Space, Time, Nation. 6. Borders, Journeys, and Liminality.7. Politics and Place.8. Allegories of Place and Race.Conclusion

Children's Title Wins Book of The Year 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 October no. 62 1993; (p. 35)
'It is the first time this Award has been given to a children's title. Tjarany-=Roughtail has also been awarded the NSW Children's Book Award.'
y separately published work icon Representing Indigeneity : Aborigines and Australian Children's Literature Then and Now Clare Bradford , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2009 Z926051 1997 single work criticism Examines some changes that have occurred over time in the representations of Aboriginal people in a selection of children’s literary texts.
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