Thanakupi’s Guide to Language & Culture

A Thaynakwith Dictionary
By Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher

Thanakupi Guide to Language – CultureThanakupis Guide to Language  & Culture undertakes the important work of recording Thancoupie’s own language, Thaynakwith. Through her commentaries, stories, descriptions and drawings she transports us directly into the rich culture of the Thaynakwith people of Cape York. Thancoupie is internationally renowned for her ceramics, in which she connects the stories of her people to her art. In this book she makes the connection through language, recognising the importance of this knowledge for future generations. This culturally significant book brings together language, stories and beautiful illustrations, describing the rich culture, the diverse sea and land creatures and the plants of Cape York, North Queensland. A CD of Thancoupie pronouncing 600 words is also available.

Publisher: Jennifer Isaacs Arts & Publishing Pty Limited
Thanakupi CD Binding: Paperback
Details: 144pp., 200+ photographs plus drawings
Price: $50 plus postage
Additional CD $10 plus postage

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Waanyi, Away

By Jeannie Little

Thanakupi Guide to Language – CultureJeannie Little (OAM) is Thancoupie’s niece; she has written an autobiography of her life, growing up and living in Mapoon, her career as a nurse, which took her all around Australia and often overseas, and eventual return to Mapoon. 

Price: $25 plus postage

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Thancoupie Prints

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Chara $150 unframed + postage

Chara $150 unframed + postage

Guiree $300 unframed + postage

Guiree $300 unframed + postage

Knulu $300 unframed  + postage

Knulu $300 unframed  + postage


T-shirt designed by one of the grandchildren of Rita Atakani Moore (a member of Thancoupie’s extended family); sizes: 6, 8 (kids): $15; sizes 10-16: $25 (+postage)
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