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Djerap book launch 4th December 2014.
L-R: Denise Smith-Ali, Lois Spehn–Jackson, Theresa Walley, George Hayden, Cheryl Martin, Charmaine Councillor, Keith Lightbody, Gerard Kelly. Front: Biara Martin.

Djerap is an amazing resource that has been a couple of years in the making. The book and accompanying set of posters was the initiative of the inspirational Theresa Walley, a Noongar Elder who has committed much of her life to sharing knowledge and passing on her knowledge to future generations. Djerap is very significant because it is the first project publication to include the three contemporary Noongar dialects in the one book. The cover shows the two moieties of the Noongar Nation; Waardong (Australian Raven) and Manatj (Western Long-billed Corella), representing Noongar people standing together to revive their language and culture. The book was launched in Theresa’s home country in December 2014.

This is the largest collection of Noongar birds in one publication with 198 birds listed, named the three Noongar dialects where possible with the include of a very detailed word list in the three dialects, support for the Languages other than English program and many other terms related to birds, their habitats and their life cycles. The book is organised into four sections reflecting habitats in the south-west of WA; Balyan-boodja (Wetlands), Moondak (Forest), Waaloo (Open Country) and Maambakoort-ngat (Coastal)