takayna - country, culture, spirit Book


This book is the story of Tasmanian Aborigines living cultural connection to the National Heritage listed, Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in takayna / Tarkine, and the fight to protect it from Government sanctioned damage.

‘This new book is a moving call to action to protect one of the world’s most spectacular and culturally significant places.

The wild, remote coastline of takayna / Tarkine, on the very edge of the world, showcases thousands of years of Aboriginal heritage, representing an unbroken cultural connection. The middens of the takayna / Tarkine are an incredible gift, telling us much more than just what people ate. They are layers of shells that showcase an amazing array of information about time, place and how the takayna people lived. When these middens are crushed by vehicles driven over them this information is destroyed. The damage is irreparable and irreversible – the story is lost forever,’ Sharnie Everett states in the book.


The new book is the Tasmanian Aboriginal people’s story of their living cultural connection to takayna / Tarkine and the struggle to protect it. With a collection of portraits by Matthew Newton, Jillian Mundy and Paul Hoelen of members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, a forward written by Heather Sculthorpe and moving essay by Sharnie Everett, landscape photographs by Rob Blakers and Peter Dombrovskis, and introduction by Bob Brown.

Lots more information, a short film, and photos of the book launch event can be found here.

Available Online HERE.

Also available at selected bookshops in: TAS, VIC, NSW, QLD, WA, ACT


Australian Capital Territory

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New South Wales

Gleebooks Sydney NSW


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Southern Swan Cygnet TAS
Devonport Bookshop Devonport TAS
Fullers Bookshop Hobart TAS
Hobart Bookshop Hobart TAS
The Museum and Art Gallery Hobart TAS
Wild Island Hobart TAS
Birchalls Books Launceston TAS
Petrarch's Book shop Launceston TAS
Cow 'N' Calf Gallery Stanley TAS
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Brighton TAS
Parks & Wildlife Service Freycinet NP Visitor Centre TAS


Paperback Bookshop Melbourne VIC
Readings St Kilda VIC
Readings Hawthorn VIC

Western Australia

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