Andrew R Litster

Community Arts & Cultural Development

The Gift of Fire – book development

The creation of a new children’s book “The Gift of Fire”, whose purpose is to spark the interest of all Australians to engage in our Aboriginal Dreaming stories and create our own connection to Spirit and Land.

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“The Gift of Fire” is a collaboration with local Aboriginal Yamatji Artist Daniel Charles Dickerson, to create original art work for the book which is based on the words to the Andrew’s story.

The story came from a Vision Quest with Dr Rafeal G Locke (1943-2019) who was Andrew’s elder teaching him Medicine Ways as part of SOTEMS (Spirit of the earth medicine society) with permission of local Aboriginal Elders and the Western Desert Wonggi Elders in 2010. Andrew was ten days in the desert on his Vision Quest in the NT near Alice Springs on the Hugh River, five days awake with no food and this story from spirit was born.

Part 1 “The Gift of Fire Story of Spirit .. before dreamtime Lizardmen Birdwomen & Gondwana Bear”

Part 2  “Journey around Gondwana Land”

Part 3  ” Return to your centre > Home ”

The story is written however the artwork is the collaborative process that takes time.

Danny Dickerson is an amazing artist and musician from the Rainbow Serpent Band. He was introduced to Andrew by his cousin, legendary actor David Ngoombunjara (Australia, Blackfellas, Rabbit Proof Fence, Crocodile Dundee). Andrew knew David from when they were both kids who played together at the 1979 Scouts Jamboree. Danny was living on the street, homeless and from the displaced generation, and is now living with Andrew again as Artist in Residence in 2020, creating new works of art.

Our vision is too see this project become a fully interactive theatre production for schools.

We respectfully honour and acknowledge the traditional Custodians of this country called Australia and Gondwana Land.

To all Elders past, present and emerging, we ask that can we all learn from your connection to this land, nature and waterways, over the last 40,000-100,000 years. We ask humbly to collaborate together to be part of the cultural fabric of society, providing for the next generation of children a better understanding of what it is to be truly Australian.

The donations will be used in two most important ways.

Firstly to fund the printing cost of a 500 book run with a local company; Gateway printing, this goal is $3,500 of $5,000 we are seeking to raise.

Secondly is putting on a a series of interactive Children/Family Book shows with spoken word, music, dance, Mural painting and Art Exhibitions.

The Goal is to see “The Gift of Fire Story of Spirit .. before dreamtime Lizardmen Birdwomen & Gondwana Bear” being part of family’s discussions around how Aboriginal culture uses Myths to tell creations stories, giving us lessons to learn and connection to our amazing past for all Australians.

From there we hope to see the “The Gift of Fire” used in school classrooms as part of story time, to intersect science and culture around the fascinating Megafauna and encourage us to listen to the warnings about the climate and the need to share our resources.

To find out more email: Gift.of.fire.australia@gmail.com or Facebook Andrew R Litster Author Gift of Fire

Andrew R Litster Author of Children stories/Myths “The Gift of fire: Story of Spirit… Before Dreamtime Lizardmen, Birdwomen & Gondwana Bear”, has been on a 10 year journey from Olympic level Swimming / Water Polo coach to now becoming an author and performer of spoken word + sound healing ceremonies.

Andrew R Litster started writing scripts for his initiative Movie 351 in 2002 and then making his own TV shows, ACTIVE AQUA, in 2004 on local TV channel 31. Andrew also worked on local radio station 107.9fm with an aquatic sports show as presenter/producer (2004-2012). This was part of his coaching to expand into media from successfully coaching women and men in the Australian water polo team 1994-2004 with the women winning gold in Sydney 2000.

Andrew’s latest project is the creation of the Children book “The Gift of fire” – a collaboration with local Abroginal Yamatji Artist Daniel Charles Dickerson.

Danny Dickerson is an amazing artist and musician from the Rainbow Serpant Band he was introduced to Andrew by his cousin, legendary actor David Ngoombunjara (Australia, Blackfellas, Rabbit Proof Fence, Crocodile Dundee). Andrew knew David from when they were both kids who played together at the 1979 Scouts Jamboree. Danny was living on the street, homeless and from the displaced generation, and is now living with Andrew again as Artist in Residence in 2020, creating new works of art.

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