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Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

May Byrne with sis­ter Bev­er­ley and her book Mi­lyu­ranba Ban­jima.

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