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A book teaching skin groups of the Banjima People, written by an indigenous author, will be launched in Karratha during NAIDOC week.
Banjima woman May Byrne took on the project in an effort to clear up what she believed was wrong information out there about her people. “Anthropologists come in and write the wrong stuff, not all of them but it’s the wrong information,” she said.
“I’ve always wanted to do it, to teach my children and leave something for their children.
“It’s good when we write it our way; when the linguists write we can’t understand it.”
The book uses pictures, graphics and small text blurbs to break down what, to outsiders, can seem a hard to comprehend kinship system.
It also contains a history of Milyuranba Banjima ancestors, culture and dialect.
The book was so well received by the Karratha library that it was suggested to be sent to higher places, according to Ms Byrne.
“They read it and said there’s a lot of information in there; it’s the first one in the Pilbara,” she said.
“The library said to put two into the State Library because nothing is written like this.”
The launch of Milyuranba Banjima will be held on July 7.
May Byrne with sister Beverley and her book Milyuranba Banjima.