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When I Was Little, Like You


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When I was little, like you, I loved to go bush with my family. The other kids and I used to play all sorts of games, and we used to get our own food and cook it. At night-time, we sat around the fire and listened as our elders told us Tjukurrpa Yara – stories of the Dreaming. Then we went to sleep under the stars.

As Mary Malbunka shares her stories of playing with friends, building cubby houses, climbing trees, collecting sugarbag, digging for honey ants, hunting for lizards, and learning about the seasons, animals and plants, she creates a vivid picture of a truly Australian childhood in which country – ngurra – is life itself.