luwa tara luwa waypa

luwa tara luwa waypa

Dave mangenner Gough

niyakara is leaving the village to hunt tara, kangaroo.

On his mind is the chief’s daughter, tuminana, who is at the water with the women, collecting shells and working.

But down on the beach, niyakara hears three thuds…

boom boom boom

With rhythmic intensity, luwa tara luwa waypa tells the captivating story of niyakara’s journey from boy to man, a story of courage and transformation.

Dave Mangenner Gough’s powerful words and Samantha Campbell’s expressive artwork bring to vivid life the ancestral spirit and enduring strength of the palawa people of Tasmania in this beautiful children’s picture book. Children can also hear the author read the book as the audio can be accessed through the QR code. Comprehensive teaching notes from the AIATSIS education team are also available.

Shortlist, Educational Picture Book
Resource type
Student Resource
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
July 2022
Print or blended

Aboriginal Studies Press

Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) is the publishing arm of the Canberra-based Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. ASP is Australia’s leading publisher of Australian Indigenous studies. Aboriginal Studies Press is committed to identifying compelling and award-winning narratives that capture the unique heritage and diverse lives of Australia’s first peoples. We publish stories by Indigenous writers that connect young readers, capture their imaginations and celebrate the rich and diverse lives of Australia’s First Peoples.