Our stories of the Dreamtime

PRESERVING HISTORY: Tweed Coast Elder, Uncle Magpie.
PRESERVING HISTORY: Tweed Coast Elder, Uncle Magpie. Kate Holmes

PRESERVING the Dreamtime stories of the Northern Rivers is crucial to our identity.

Local Aboriginal woman Dale Roberts has been working with some of the region's most respected Elders over the past two years, recording their stories before they are lost.

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

The idea for Our Way Stories came after listening to the stories of her friend Uncle Magpie, an elder from Cabarita.

"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?" Ms Roberts said.

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

The project is supported by Arts Northern Rivers and Arts NSW, but $13,500 is still needed to publish the 120-page book.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched on Pozible last week, with the book to be launched at the 2016 Byron Writers' Festival pending a successful campaign.

We always knew we would need to find another funding source to take the project to its final phase - the print production of a quality book," said Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood. 

To support The Elders Book Project or pre-purchase a copy go to http://pozible. com/eldersbook.

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