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'Based on a Torres Strait Islander creation story with illustrations by 18-year-old Tori-Jay Mordey. Bakir (rock) and Mar (storm bird) live on a remote island called Egur with their two young children. While fishing on the beach Bakir comes across a very special pelican (Bakir’s totem is a pelican) named Bi. A famine occurs, and life on the island is no longer harmonious. One day Bakir and Bi disappear and Mar and the children are forced to make the journey to another island by canoe ... and so begins the adventure. There are supernatural themes, totemic connections and kinship relationships — and the island names are imaginary as are the characters. The moral of the story is that everyone has a destiny and a purpose in life.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 2013 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Magabala Books
      Extent: 64p.
      Description: col. illus.
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      • Published 1 April 2013
      ISBN: 9781921248863 (hbk)

Works about this Work

Getting Indigenous Voices into the Classroom Ellen van Neerven , single work essay
— Appears in: Splash (ABC)
'Teaching books by Indigenous authors has a huge impact on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, explains author Ellen van Neerven.'
Stories from the Heart Leanne Edmistone , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 25 January 2015; (p. 6)
'A love of storytelling and a blood connection have brought this writer and illustrator together, with amazing results for both of them.'
[Review Essay] Bakir and Bi Shirley Troy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 2014; (p. 108)

— Review of Bakir and Bi Jillian Boyd , 2013 single work children's fiction

'This tiny book, Bakir and Bi, written by Torres Strait Islander Jillian Boyd and illustrated by her niece, Tori-Jay Mordey, is like a key that opens a box of Torres Strait geographical history, local languages, traditional stories and customs, and cultural invasion...' (Introduction)

[Untitled] Helen Purdie , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 28 no. 3 2013; (p. 33)

— Review of Bakir and Bi Jillian Boyd , 2013 single work children's fiction
Traditional Voices Heard in New Way Melissa Archer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22-23 June 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Rise of the Fallen Teagan Chilcott , 2013 single work novel ; Bakir and Bi Jillian Boyd , 2013 single work children's fiction
Traditional Voices Heard in New Way Melissa Archer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22-23 June 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Rise of the Fallen Teagan Chilcott , 2013 single work novel ; Bakir and Bi Jillian Boyd , 2013 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Helen Purdie , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 28 no. 3 2013; (p. 33)

— Review of Bakir and Bi Jillian Boyd , 2013 single work children's fiction
[Review Essay] Bakir and Bi Shirley Troy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 2014; (p. 108)

— Review of Bakir and Bi Jillian Boyd , 2013 single work children's fiction

'This tiny book, Bakir and Bi, written by Torres Strait Islander Jillian Boyd and illustrated by her niece, Tori-Jay Mordey, is like a key that opens a box of Torres Strait geographical history, local languages, traditional stories and customs, and cultural invasion...' (Introduction)

Stories from the Heart Leanne Edmistone , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 25 January 2015; (p. 6)
'A love of storytelling and a blood connection have brought this writer and illustrator together, with amazing results for both of them.'
Getting Indigenous Voices into the Classroom Ellen van Neerven , single work essay
— Appears in: Splash (ABC)
'Teaching books by Indigenous authors has a huge impact on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, explains author Ellen van Neerven.'
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