takayna - country, culture, spirit
Published by the Bob Brown Foundation
This book is the story of Tasmanian Aborigines living cultural connection to the National Heritage listed, Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in takayna / Tarkine, and the fight to protect it from Government sanctioned damage.
This new book is a moving call to action to protect one of the world’s most spectacular and culturally significant places.
The wild, remote coastline of takayna / Tarkine, on the very edge of the world, showcases thousands of years of Aboriginal heritage, representing an unbroken cultural connection. The middens of the takayna / Tarkine are an incredible gift, telling us much more than just what people ate. They are layers of shells that showcase an amazing array of information about time, place and how the takayna people lived. When these middens are crushed by vehicles driven over them this information is destroyed. The damage is irreparable and irreversible – the story is lost forever, Sharnie Everett states in the book.
The new book is the Tasmanian Aboriginal people’s story of their living cultural connection to takayna / Tarkine and the struggle to protect it. With a collection of portraits by Matthew Newton, Jillian Mundy and Paul Hoelen of members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, a forward written by Heather Sculthorpe and moving essay by Sharnie Everett, landscape photographs by Rob Blakers and Peter Dombrovskis, and introduction by Bob Brown.
Dedicated to the people of takayna, past and present.