Duelgum: The story of the Mother Eel by Uncle Joe Kirk
Published by Scholastic Australia
Duelgum is a traditional story from the Wakka Wakka culture retold by Indigenous elder, Uncle Joe Kirk. Duelgum is an eel that knows when to make the long journey from her home in a large waterhole on the banks of the Brisbane River to lay her eggs in the sea. Her offspring are born with the innate knowledge that enables them, over the following year, to make their way back from the sea to the very same waterhole from which their mother’s journey began.
As the story unfolds, the eel’s eyes in Sandi Harrold’s images keep pace, drawing the reader forward in the direction of the journey, all the way to the sea then back home again and this is significant because Duelgum is about belonging to a place and recognising the importance of returning to it.
Duelgum is recommended for independent readers and would be a useful resource to incorporate in the study of traditional Indigenous Australian stories, native animals and life cycles.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Uncle Joe Kirk
Illustrator: Sandi Harrold
Title: Duelgum: The story of the Mother Eel by Uncle Joe Kirk
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: December 2014