Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Allen & Unwin

About the book

'Song Spirals: Sharing Women's Wisdom of Country through Songlines' by Gay'wu Group of Women
Winner

'Songspirals' are sung by Aboriginal people to awaken Country, to make and remake the life-giving connections between people and place. 'Songspirals' are radically different ways of understanding the relationship people can have with the landscape.

For Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land, women and men play different roles in bringing songlines to life, yet the vast majority of what has been published is about men's place in songlines. 'Songspirals' is a rare opportunity for outsiders to experience Aboriginal women's role in crying the songlines in a very authentic and direct form.