Yolŋu Bird Book

To: John Leonard <>
Subject: Yolŋu Bird Book
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:53:55 +0930
Thanks John, that’s terrific news.

Years ago Kunwinjku relatives insisted I use their names in my fauna books.  
There was much interest from the wider public as well as institutions; one 
publication, Fauna of Kakadu and the Top End, was a ‘core text’ of UNSW’s 
summer school for fourteen years.  

But the idea was that they would produce their own.  As part of a little 
tourism project (the Baby Dreaming project) we started work on a bird book. But 
for some obscure reason our funding was cut. Then slashes to outstation funding 
forced many into towns such as Gunbalanya, and nobody had the heart any more.  
A grandson, Jehosophat, told me he “hates the future”.

I’ve posted the ABC report to Jehosophat and other relatives on Facebook. I 
hope they take heart from this lass’ fantastic effort.

Thanks again.


Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow 
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835

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