Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Denise Goodfellow lecture at Kluge-Ruhe • Wednesday May 20, 2009

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow, a birdwatching/ natural history guide and Indigenous tourism consultant from the Northern Territory, will give a lecture at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 pm. Goodfellow will speak on Birds, Mermaid Spirits and Little Daddies: The Kunwinjku people of Western Arnhem Land, Australia.

A long time resident of Australia’s “Top End,” Goodfellow ran for a seat on Darwin City Council in 1981 in an attempt to preserve the mangrove habitat of Darwin Harbour, an area rich in plants, birds and other wildlife. She became involved with local Aboriginal people after accepting an invitation from a senior woman to catch a snake. After four hours wading through a crocodile infested lake, Goodfellow succeeded in catching a Water Python. As a result, Goodfellow was given an Aboriginal name and “Dreamings” including that of Yawk Yawk and Estuarine Crocodile. Thus began a long association with Goodfellow’s indigenous family.

Goodfellow has worked many years as a birdwatching/natural history guide in Kakadu National Park and throughout the Top End. She carried out fauna surveys across the remote northwestern part of Australia and is a frequent lecturer on Australian birds and Aboriginal perspectives, and marsupial biology at the University of New South Wales. Goodfellow has been an advisor on the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Aboriginal Australia. She has written a number of articles and books including Birds of Australia’s Top End and her autobiography, Quiet Snake Dreaming.

Goodfellow’s lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Make a reservation online or phone us at 434 244-0234.