Territory Stories

Our Barunga Dogs



Our Barunga Dogs


Runyu, Alinah; Pamkal, Deslina; Lee, Felicia; Age-Ahfat, Hayleigh; Mundul, Janice; Coleman, Jericho; Groves, Juraul; Jumbalili, Lelan; Lee, Lorise; Groves, Milena; Baruwei, Marius; Ranch, Sibillina; Tiati, Tirenee; Ahfat, Tyleisha; Wilfred, Tyquan; Fredericks, Tyrell; Ahfat, Zaniyah

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Dogs are an iconic feature of Aboriginal community life in the Roper Gulf region. They accompany family members out fishing, hunting, to the store and to school. Sometimes they play and sometimes they protect. They certainly can be cheeky but they are also much more. The Deadly Dogs Storytelling Project is a celebration of the love, companionship and importance of dog ownership encountered during our work in remote Indigenous communities. Although the community dog story is not always a happy one, for every sad story, there are many uplifting and funny tales. This collection comes directly from community kids and recognises the role these dogs play in community and family life.


Made available by via Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT); The Deadly Dogs Storytelling Project is run by Roper Gulf Regional Council and delivered by StoryProjects.; Our deepest thanks to: Cristie Geer - Regional Sports and Recreation Coordinator, Roper Gulf Regional Council - for collaborating and funding this pilot project; Johanna Bell - StoryProjects – our enthusiastic workshop designer and facilitator; Dr Greg Dickson - Program Manager, Meigim Kriol Strongbala - for Kriol translation support; Aden Reeves - Community Safety Coordinator Barunga/Manyallaluk, Roper Gulf Regional Council – for help with community engagement, promotion and bus driving; Delma McCartney - Barunga Media Officer, Roper Gulf Regional Council – for audio recording and broadcasting support; Kaillee Brown - Project Manager Central Arnhem EON Foundation – for providing a healthy lunch and help on the day.; And an especially big thanks to National Indigenous Australians Agency – for the ongoing funding and support, which made this project possible.; Words, photos and artworks by: Alinah Runyu, Deslina Pamkal, Felicia Lee, Hayleigh Age-Ahfat, Janice Mundul, Jericho Coleman, Juraul Groves, Lelan Jumbalili, Lorise Lee, Milena Groves, Marius Baruwei, Sibillina Ranch, Tirenee Tiati, Tyleisha Ahfat, Tyquan Wilfred, Tyrell Fredericks and Zaniyah Ahfat.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT); This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Dogs; Aboriginal community; Roper Gulf region; community kids

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Rope Gulf Council

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The Deadly Dogs Storytelling Project


20 pages : colour illustrations

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