Resources & Links
The Black Inc website has a great range of teaching resources about Nona & Me to download including:
- teachers’ notes
- Australian Curriculum questions and answers
- short articles about writing about Aboriginal characters and the origins of Nona & Me
- a video clip of me talking with Alice Pung about the novel
- a mini-film of two Yirrkala girls showing you around the places featured in the novel.
If you are interested in finding out more about Yolngu culture I highly recommend the book Welcome to My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga and family. You can read a bit about the book and an interview with the author here.
Or if you are lucky enough to be able to travel, you can organise to visit Bawaka yourself – they even do school excursions!
Nona & Me is set against the political backdrop of the Northern Territory Intervention. Whilst all the events in the novel happened, they are based on people’s recollections and may not be completely accurate in terms of time frame. If you want to learn more about the Intervention try these sites:
- Tracking the Intervention with Four Corners (interviews and TV news video clips)
- The Intervention One Year On (radio)
- Prominent Yolngu Artist Speaks Out Against Stronger Futures (article and video)
- The NT Intervention Six Years On (online article)
- ‘Our Generation‘ (film about the intervention made in 2011)
- The Social Justice Report 2007 (report)
- Stop the Intervention (organisation website)
For a comprehensive timeline of Aboriginal history, from ancient history to the modern day have a look at this great timeline.
This is a great short video about life in Yirrkala by some of the Yirrkala school students.
And this is an awesome hip-hop piece called ‘Knowledge is Power’ made by many young people from Yirrkala at the Garma Festival 2015.
Key political speeches:
Organisations working to make things better:
- Oxfam’s Close the Gap campaign
- Indigenous Literacy Foundation
- Australians for Native Title and Recognition
- Reconciliation Australia
Other interesting related links:
- Yirrkala Art Centre
- Rripangu Yidaki (my Yolngu family happens to include one of the best yidaki players in Australia!)
- Lirrwi Tourism (Yolngu-run tourism in Arnhem Land)
- The Yirrkala Bark Petition
- Cathy Freeman wins gold in the 2000 Olympics
- Blue Mud Bay sea rights case & Dhimurru Rangers site
- The Freedom Ride, 1965
- Yothu Yindi (band site)
- East Journey (band site)