Etta and the Shadow Taboo
Where is theirs?
And where is mine?
To hurt a shadow
Is surely a crime
About the book:
When Etta steps on Baawaa’s (her sister’s) shadow, she learns of the Shadow Taboo, and learns to value the personal space of others, as well as her own.
Written by Gamilaraay author JM Field and illustrated by Ngarabal/Gomeroi artist Jeremy Worrall, Etta and the Shadow Taboo will invite readers to follow a Gamilaraay tradition where one must avoid stepping on the shadows of others.
About the author and illustrator
JM Field grew up on waterfall country, in a small town along the Great Dividing Range on Dharug land. He is, however, a Gamilaraay Guwaymadhaan mari from Moree way, where the red sand meets the black soil. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney in mathematics and French literature, followed by a doctorate in Mathematical Biology at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He is still a research mathematician, but fills his spare time writing.
Jeremy Worrall is a Ngarabal/Gomeroi multimedia artist. As a young First Nations man, Jeremy specialises in First Nations multimedia, working on a range of government and private projects for community. He is also working on a personal project that explores the visual representation of the Dreamtime and provides a platform for First Nations people to share their stories.
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Publisher: Hardie Grant
Published: 7 June 2023
Format: Paperback, 32p
Category: Picture book, traditional stories