Song Spirals

By Gay’wu Group of Women
Allen & Unwin


Gay’wu Group of Women

Judges' report


The promise of this beautiful book is in the title: Songspirals. These spirals unfold as the reader is invited into stories of family, land and culture, and the responsibilities of the Gay’wu group of women. This is storytelling that comes with obligation and by its nature has to be told in spirals, providing a glimpse into a profound way of learning about country, culture and family.

Developing a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture is finally being acknowledged as an important way of saving not only our landscapes but our people. As you read through each spiral you hear the women saying, ‘I will tell you this…now I will tell you this…and now, because you know this important part of the story, you can now know this other story.’

This generous, rich narrative helps readers slow down and open up to deep learning. We believe this is a rare and valuable book that, through the generosity of the writers, will increase the knowledge and importance of Indigenous storytelling.

Further reading


Reviews

‘Songspirals are Life. These are cultural words from wise women. As an Aboriginal woman this is profound to learn. As a human being Songspirals is an absolute privilege to read.’ – Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet, as referenced in Readings.

‘To read Songspirals is to change the way you see, think and feel this country.’ Clare Wright, Sydney Morning Herald snippet review.

Links

Watch the ‘Songspirals: Sharing women’s wisdom of Country through songlines’ Book Launch address at the 2019 Garma Festival.

Read this article for further information about Gay’wu Group of Women, the co-authors of Song Spirals.