Aunty Munya Andrews is an Aboriginal Elder from Bardi
Country in the Kimberley region, with a great deal of knowledge to
share. The co-director of Evolve Communities, she runs classes on
cultural awareness, which have a flow-on to this striking book.
Aunty Munya introduces First Nations Seasons, which
will undoubtably be followed by more glorious books of this kind. Stunning
illustrations by the extraordinary talent of award-winning artist and
illustrator Charmaine Leddon-Lewis, complement the excellent text, and command
the attention of the reader.
All over the world, seasons have always guided
planting and growth, in accordance with the movement of the oceans and tides, the
stars, and the full moon. Aunty Munya presents in a friendly, intimate tone,
her six seasons, their cultural names, and how to identify their change.
I loved how this information is revealed in a way that young
and old, can gain knowledge of the language and its expression, (noted and
explained at the end of the book) and the dedicated inter-connectedness of the First
People with their Ancestors, Country, the earth below, and the skies above.
Information about the Bardi People travels with the
text and fascinating visual story. The elements play a big part in the changing
seasons. Wind makes trees bend and seas whip up froth and waves, as the wet
season begin with the new year. Bush food becomes scarce, and turtles leave.
The Bardi people depend on these signs to know what
food they can and can’t source until the next seasonal change.
Educational and inspiring, Ask Aunty Seasons
is another stepping stone towards cultural awareness, and the benefits of a
different perception to land and life.
Title: Ask Aunty Seasons
Author: Aunty Munya Andrews
Illustrator: Charmaine Leddon-Lewis
Publisher: Hardie Grant, $
Publication Date: 15 November 2023
For ages: 5 – 10
Type: Picture Book