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Northern Rivers Elders write book of region’s stories

ABORIGINAL woman Dale Roberts has been working with some of the Northern Rivers most respected Elders for more than two years, recording their stories before they are lost.

After consulting further with the Elders, it was agreed that a book would produce a lasting legacy celebrating their life stories and passing on valuable knowledge to future generations.

The Elders called the book Our Way Stories.

Dale's interest in creating the book started with listening to the stories of her friend Uncle Magpie.

"I just thought to myself, what a wealth of knowledge he has to share and he wanted to share it so generously. I just wondered, if he doesn't get to pass on his knowledge, where does it go?" she said.

"In my view it is imperative that the stories be recorded from the Elders, to pass on information before they pass over and the stories are lost."

Arts Northern Rivers came on board to support the project and secured funding from Arts NSW, allowing Dale to spend eight months capturing the Elders' stories.

Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood said The Elders Book Project crowdfunding campaign launched early in May on Pozible would cover the $13,500 printing and publication costs of the 120-page large format book.

Pending a successful campaign, the book will be launched, with many of the Elders present, at the 2016 Byron Writers Festival.

You can support The Elders Book Project or pre-purchase a copy of Our Way Stories at http://pozible.com/eldersbook.


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