NAIDOC Week 2021 Community Storybook

30 July, 2021-7 August, 2021



In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2021, Salamander Bay Square proudly partnered with author, Warrawu (Maree Yoelu (McCarthy), a Wadjigany woman from the western Wagait region of the Northern Territories and talented students from local schools to create a Community Storybook, celebrating this year’s topic “Heal Country”.

The storybook Dancing For Country is about Nana Ruby and her shadow, her Grandson Claude, and their relationship with the land and their desire to help heal country when they see the land is hurting.

Throughout the July School Holidays, we invited you, our much-loved community, to have your say and vote on your favourite of over 50 illustrations created by local student artists to be featured in the community storybook. We received overwhelming support with 200 votes over the two-week period and thank all the talented student artists who contributed illustrations.

Download your copy of the Dancing For Country community storybook <here>.

Or listen to the audio book read by author, Warrawu - Maree Yoelu (McCarthy), above.


  • Front Cover:      Marley and Lola Lester, Soldiers Point Public School
  • Page 7:               Quade Harrold, Anna Bay Public School
  • Page 8:               Ayden Telfer, Anna Bay Public School
  • Page 11:             Ely Lowry, Anna Bay Public School
  • Page 12:             Joshua Martin, Soldiers Point Public School
  • Page 15:             Indiana and Cooper Barton, Soldiers Point Public School
  • Page 16:             Indyana Chapman, Shoal Bay Public School
  • Page 19:             Indi Cosh, Shoal Bay Public School
  • page 20:             Daniel Hillman, Shoal Bay Public School
  • Page 23:             Amelia Ballantyne, Tanilba Bay Public School
  • Page 24:             Tyler Morrison, Tanilba Bay Public School