Gamu: The Dreamtime Stories, Life & Feelings of Big Bill Neidjie


GAMU is the most comprehensive book of Big Bill Neidjies stories ever published. There are 240 illustrated pages of his Dreamtime stories, personal history, and his thoughts and feelings regarding problems faced by Aboriginal communities.

Big Bill Neidjie OAM (c1913 – 23 May 2002) was the last surviving speaker of the Gaagudju language, an Aboriginal Australian language from northern Kakadu, after which Kakadu National Park is named. He was an elder of the Gaagudju people and a custodian of the land, who cared deeply about preserving his culture and land.

He was a senior elder of Kakadu National Park and a traditional owner of the Bunitj estate in northern Kakadu, perhaps the most spectacular national park in Australia. His decision to open up this land to other people was instrumental in the creation of Kakadu National Park. Prior to returning to Kakadu to support the implementation of the Park he had a diverse and adventurous life across the Top End of Australia.

Sarah George is a school and TAFE teacher, photographer and filmmaker. She met Big Bill Neidjie in 1995 and he subsequently asked her to record his stories to make a book for children. Having transcribed the tapes which Big Bill recorded over two years, it became clear that this book was going to be much, much more.

240 pages
hardcover, colour illustrations


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