Aunt Loraine Padgham’s children’s book published in Taungurung language for the first time

In a historic first, the Taungurung Land and Waters Council has announced the release of a children’s book written in both Taungurung and English.

Bijil Ba Wudhi Deberra (Bijil and Moths), by Taungurung Elder Aunty Loraine Padgham, is the story of a young boy from Taungurung who accompanies his parents on their annual trip to the high plains in summer to participate in cultural activities, renew friendships with other tribes and clans, and to harvest Bogong butterflies.

The book includes a QR code that can be scanned to listen to the story read in the Taungurung language.

The Taungurung Nation is made up of the traditional owners of central and northeastern Victoria.

Taungurung Land and Waters Council chief executive Matt Burns said the publication of the book was a “historic moment” in the revival of the language.

“This will be one of a number of resources that will be created over time to re-establish our language as an integral part of the cultural landscape for those, indigenous and otherwise, living in Taungurung country,” he said. declared.

This book is dedicated to the Taungurung people, past and present, who have cared for the Taungurung country and culture since time immemorial.

All primary schools in Murrindindi Shire have received a copy of Bijil Ba Wudhi Deberra.