A stirring story about pride, respect and maintaining culture.
“Feel the rhythm of the music, from your heart down to your feet.
Enjoy the movements of melodies, as clapsticks keep a strong beat.
This is my culture. This is me.”
Beautifully written and illustrated, My Culture and Me is a heartfelt and stirring story of cherishing and sustaining Indigenous cultures.
Gregg Dreise grew up in south-west Queensland in a large family that loves music, art, sport, culture and family. He is very proud of his Kamilaroi and Euahlayi heritage. The Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples’ lands extend from south-west Queensland into north-west New South Wales. Culture, music and storytelling have run through his family’s blood since time began. Gregg is a talented storyteller who uses didgeridoos, guitars, laughter and high-energy performances to pass on culture, unity and wisdom through his educational talks. He is on a journey to get right around Australia to share his stories and learn more about the ancient and diverse histories and cultures of this beautiful country. He is fully aware that all of our cultural roots help strengthen the assortment of unique and proud Australians that we all become.
“This beautiful picture book presents the voice of an Indigenous child relating the importance of knowing and living your culture . . . This book is perfect for Indigenous children who are finding their place in the revitalisation of Indigenous culture around Australia, and will also appeal to primary school aged children learning about Indigenous culture – Indigenous dance, music, instruments, spirituality, and connection to Country are all featured.” – Cassie Lynch, Books + Publishing
“Beautifully written and illustrated, My Culture and Me is a heartfelt and stirring story of cherishing and sustaining Indigenous cultures, although there is relevance and applicability to all cultures whatever they may be, especially if the message of his dedication is read in its broadest terms . . . An important addition to your indigenous literature collection and curriculum.” – Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian
“Indigenous author and illustrator shares his culture and his deep connection to Country. Words and pictures will inspire all readers to learn more about our beautiful country.” – Margaret Hamilton, Pinerolo Newsletter
Hard cover (Picture book)
Age range 5+