Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM is a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. These responsible
relationships are her primary motivation to document for younger Aboriginal people, alongside her student and
alere Barry McDonald Perrurle, her cultured understanding of the deep intertwining roots that hold all Australian
"Because if, people like me and the other grandmothers, we don’t teach them now, then they probably won’t get
much more chances to learn."
Margaret Kemarre Turner was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 ‘for service to the Aboriginal
community of Central Australia, particularly through preserving language and culture, and interpreting’. With
Iwenhe Tyerrtye, Margaret Kemarre lays the knowledge foundations for an enhanced and extended dialogue,
so that ‘two cultures can hold each other’:
“You’ve gotta talk, and really analyse words…to really get a full meaning of it…You cannot say anything without
doing that…And that’s how many, many things we as Aboriginal people have never described. Because it’s
really hard to describe to others the picture that we’ve got in our head. If they can’t see that good picture, then
there’s no answer. Sometimes non-Aboriginal people go away with no answer then, and we’re left with no
answer as well.”
Margaret Kemarre’s knowledge comes through her own Akarre language, though it is in Arrernte that she
shares this generous giving of her profound world view. The translations between Arrernte and English are
facilitated through the respectful relationship she shares with her niece, Veronica Perrurle Dobson.
Iwenhe Tyerrtye is a soft cover book, matt laminated with spot UV varnish, front and back flaps, Section Sewn and full colour throughout.