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Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie

Told in English and Gija, this is Shirley Purdie's life story, depicted alongside her stunning paintings. In My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe, Shirley shares vignettes of her life growing up on Mabel Downs station, and her Gija Culture, Country and Dreaming.

Written in an autobiographical style, ‘Ngaginybe Jarragbe, My Story’ is Shirley Purdie’s recollection of her life. It records key moments and aspects of her experience and identity as a Gija woman and artist living in the Kimberley from the 20th century until now. Incorporating Gija language, the text is detailed and rich but easily accessible. Shirley’s powerful and distinctive ochre illustrations create an evocative representation of Gija culture and country. It is suitable for the middle primary literacy classroom, however could also be accessed by younger children.

Teacher Notes are available to download here.

Shirley Purdie
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