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Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis

Photographs to accompany the use of the book in schools. Click on each photo for a full-sized image.

John Danalis

John Danalis, author of Riding the Black Cockatoo
© John Danalis

Jida

Jida Gulpilil, painted up and 'in country' on Wamba Wamba land 
© Jida Gulpilil

Bob Weatherall

Kamilaroi elder and repatriation specialist, Bob Weatherall
© Bob Weatherall

Jason Tamiru

Yorta Yorta songman Jason Tamiru wearing a possum skin cloak 
© Ngarra Murray

 

Mary's handover ceremony - Brisbane, Queensland, October 2005


Courier Mail column

Extract from the Courier-Mail 
© Courier-Mail

 
City North News

Extract from the City North News 
© Quest News

 
Jason Tamiru

Yorta Yorta songman Jason Tamiru presides over Mary’s 2005 handover ceremony 
© Newspix/PatrickHamilton

Jason Tamiru

Jason Tamiru receives the Wamba Wamba ancestor 
© Newspix/PatrickHamilton

Wamba Cloak

The ceremonial Wamba Wamba possum skin cloak worn by Jason Tamiru
© Ngarra Murray

Wamba Cloak detail

Detail of the Wamba Wamba possum skin cloak
© Ngarra Murray

Wamba Cloak detail

Detail of the Wamba Wamba possum skin cloak 
© Ngarra Murray

 

 

Mary's reburial ceremony - Menera Station, New South Wales, October 2005

Jida Gulpilil and Jason Tamiru prepare graves for ancestor reburial. Mary's black case lies between the two men  
© Wiran Aboriginal Corporation

Jason Tamiru preparing remains for reburial 
© Wiran Aboriginal Corporation

Clayton Mitchell-Murray, Adam Lampton and Jason Tamiru perform smoking ceremony as guests arrive at the burial ground on Menera Station 
© Wiran Aboriginal Corporation

Traditional owners in possum skin cloaks 
© Wiran Aboriginal Corporation

Guests place gum leaves upon their ancestors
© Wiran Aboriginal Corporation

Mary in his final resting place, shortly before being reburied 
© John Danalis

Mary's billabong, where John and Jida sat at the end of the book 
© John Danalis

 

Warrpa Woy!

Mary's reburial song, written and performed by Jida Gulpilil (click to download)
© Jida Gulpilil

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