We Go Out to the Bush
In July 2011, the Yirrkala and Gunyangara communities celebrated the Launch of Nganapu Nguli Marrtji Diltjiyi (We Go Out to the Bush).
Nganapu Nguli Marrtji Diltjiyi (We Go Out to the Bush) was developed as part of the Yolngu Matha Baby Board Book Project by members of Yirrkala and Gunyangara communities. East Arnhem Regional Council coordinated a series of workshops which saw the creation of storylines, artwork and songs.
The Yolngu Matha Baby Board Book Project is an important step in promoting the importance of early literacy and own language, by encouraging exposure to books at the earliest possible age, whilst focusing on the importance of families.
Nganapu Nguli Marrtji Diltjiyi (We Go Out to the Bush) is a dual language book written in Yolngu Matha and English which is accompanied by a CD of the story in both languages and the song performed by community members.
This project was funded by NT Libraries in partnership with the “Families as First Teachers” Strategy. Copies will be given to Yolngu families of new babies as a gift.
Copies have been made available for sale to the general public; and proceeds from book sales go towards the development of future Yolngu Matha Baby Board Book Projects.