Author(s): Bob Randall; Melanie Hogan
'My name is Bob Randall and I'm an Anangu man from Uluru. Not many people know much about us. That's why I want to share some things with you. Things about us. About our land. Things you may not have heard before.' In this beautiful photographic book for young children, Bob Randall explains, in a simple but effective way, the Anangu people's relationship to all that is around them, and why we must learn to care for the earth, its plants and its creatures. Based on the award-winning documentary KANYINI, NYUNTU NINTI, meaning 'what you should know', teaches us about the people who are at the heart of our country. Children's Book Council Notable Book 2009 A 'White Ravens 2009' selection: 'In a short and touching narrative, Bob Randall from the Anangu, who live near Uluru, proudly talks about his tribe's culture, traditions, and beliefs. Respecting these values could help us all grow more award of the essential things in life.'
Shortlisted, APA Design Awards 2009.
Bob Randall was taken from his family as a young child - another member of the Stolen Generation - and he has spent many years of his life trying to find who and where his family are. As well as a storyteller, Bob is a songwriter, well known for the song 'My brown-skinned baby', which has become an anthem for the Stolen Generation.
Once an investment banker, Melanie Hogan has studied at the New York Film Academy and NIDA (directing). Aware she had only been taught one side of history, Melanie travelled to the desert to learn more about Australia's indigenous people. Here she met 'Uncle' Bob and the documentary Kanyini was born.