Seeing Saltwater Country: Fremantle Press’s latest release sees peninsulas grow


Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell’s journey through the Dampier Peninsula  yielded a rich store of stories and pictures.
Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell’s journey through the Dampier Peninsula yielded a rich store of stories and pictures.

A BEAUTIFUL collection of paintings, photographs and personal stories come together in Fremantle Press’s latest release.

Sally Mayman and Dale Kentwell’s Seeing Saltwater Country takes the reader on a journey through the Dampier Peninsula in WA’s North-West, introducing them to the stories of the people living in the remote indigenous community.

Stories like Debbie |Sibosado, an educator and tour guide who took the pair on a tour of the land and pointing out the medicinal and bush tucker properties of native plants.

Or that of young father Zeus McKenzie, who wants to continue the traditions of his culture with his children, teaching them to make and use spears to hunt for seafood.

Kentwell said while the project was initially about the proposed gas hub at James Price Point and how they could help the community share their stories, it grew into so much more.

“This changed over time when Sally and I realised the division the gas proposal had created in the communities and therefore the stories became more like a connection to country,” she said. “It would be great if the wider population realised that we have much to learn from indigenous ecological knowledges.

“Colonisation resulted in the attempted destruction of a strong and proud culture and I would hope the book will instil a respect for and work towards equality for all Indigenous Australians.

Seeing Saltwater Country is available from www.fremantlepress.com.au.

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