My Tidda, My Sister
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and society has existed on this continent for millennia. It’s a culture that manifests itself as the ultimate example of resilience, strength and beauty. It’s also a culture that has consistently been led by its women.
My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast, Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations' women that Marlee weaves through the book provide a rebuttal to the idea that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. For non-Indigenous women, it demonstrates the diversity of what success can look like and offers an insight into the lives of their Indigenous sisters and peers.
Featuring colourful artwork by artist Rachael Sarra, this book is a celebration of the Indigenous female experience through truth-telling. Some stories are heart-warming, while others shine a light on the terrible realities for many Australian Indigenous women, both in the past and in the present. But what they all share is the ability to inspire and empower, creating a sisterhood for all Australian women.
Also features foreword by Helpmann and AACTA award-winning actor Leah Purcell.
Marlee Silva is a Gamilaroi and Dunghutti woman based in Sydney. She is the founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas, a social media initiative, which is dedicated to celebrating Indigenous women and girls through storytelling.
The Tiddas 4 Tiddas Instagram account was set up in 2018 as a way of continuing the 2018 NAIDOC theme 'Because of her, we can', and has already attracted more than 55,000 followers. Marlee also writes, produces and hosts her own podcast titled 'Always was, always will be our stories', where she interviews inspiring Indigenous role models who are working to change the world, one day at a time.
Marlee has previously been published as a contributor in Anita Heiss’ anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, and in various online publications with her poetry and non-fiction work. Together with her sister Keely, Marlee was a finalist for the 2019 Human Rights Awards, and also features in the January 2020 issue of Australia's marie claire magazine in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Rachael Sarra is an artist and designer whose work is an extension of her being and experiences. As a contemporary Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling, to educate and share Aboriginal culture and its evolution. Rachael's work often challenges and explores the themes of society's perception of what Aboriginal art and identity is.
Her style is feminine, fun and engaging, yet is strongly drawn from her heritage and her role as an Aboriginal woman in a modern world. Rachael is fuelled by passion to continue exploring her Aboriginality through art and design, with each piece strengthening her identity. Her work 'Two Worlds' was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane, and she has worked with major clients such as Suncorp Super Netball, Life Apparel Co., Concrete Jellyfish Co., Australia Post and Kmart.