A.W. Reed. This book presents a wealth of poetic and imaginative tales from Aboriginal cultural heritage. While retelling the stories simply, this book captures the mystical bonds that exist between Aboriginal people, their environment and the spirit life of the Dreamtime.
Learn about the powerful Rainbow Snake, red and black flying foxes, the Eagle Hawk and the medicine man in these incredible tales of the Dreamtime. So much of traditional Aboriginal storytelling teaches us about the animal world and the spiritual bond shared between the Aboriginal people and nature.
This classic resource is organized as follows: Chapter I: Origins The Customs and Traditions of Aboriginals The Story of the Creation The Coming of Mankind The Peewee’s Story The Eagle-hawk and the Crow The Birth of the Butterflies The Confusion of Tongues The Discovery and the Loss of the Secret of Fire The Moon The Wonderful Lizard The Lazy Goannas and what happened to them How the Selfish Goannas lost their Wives What some Aboriginal Carvings mean Chapter II: Animal Myths The Selfish Owl Why Frogs jump into the Water This is the legend of the frogs. Kinie Ger, the Native Cat The Porcupine and the Mountain Devil The Green Frog How the Tortoise got his Shell The Mischievous Crow and the Good he did Whowie The Flood and its Results How Spencer’s Gulf came into Existence Chapter III: Religion The Belief in a Great Spirit The Land of Perfection The Voice of the Great Spirit Witchcraft Chapter IV: Social Marriage Customs The Spirit of Help among the Aboriginals Ngia Ngiampe Hunting Fishing Sport Chapter V: Personal Myths Kirkin and Wyju The Love-story of the Two Sisters Cheeroonear The Keen Keeng Mr and Mrs Newal and their Dog Thardid Jimbo Palpinkalare Perindi and Harrimiah Bulpallungga Nurunderi's Wives Chirr-bookie, the Blue Crane Buthera and the Bat Yara-ma-yha-who The Origin of the Pleiades
For centuries, the spiritual life of the Australian Aborigines was concealed behind a veil of misunderstanding and prejudice. In this work, Cowan recounts some of the major myths and analyzes them in detail. The myth material stands alone, independent of Aboriginal culture, and through it we are offered an insight into the Paleolithic tradition.
Detailed ecological, geographical and historical analysis of three Gundungurra myths - Gurangatch (amphibian) and Mirragan (Tiger Quoll), the Three Sisters and the Warratah; other mythology; totems, after death beliefs; also includes mythology associated with Bullan (Baiame), Dhurramulan, Gubba and various other local mythological beings; assessment of legends compiled by Mel Ward and Charles Peck.
Plays written to develop an understanding of Aboriginal Australian heritage and culture. Headdresses and animal craft activities supplement the plays and provide a fun alternative to extravagant casting and props. Can be used in daily classroom situations to consolidate teaching points or as an assembly or concert item.
Aboriginals believe they have lived in Australia since the Dreamtime, the beginning of all creation, and archaeological evidence shows the land has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years. Over this time, Aboriginal culture has grown a rich variety of mythologies in hundreds of different languages. Their unifying feature is a shared belief that the whole universe is alive, that we belong to the land and must care for it. This was the first book to collate and explain the many fascinating elements of Aboriginal culture: the song circles and stories, artefacts, landmarks, characters and customs.
Collection of Dreamtime stories from many regions of Australia which have been adapted and retold for this book. Designed for the general reader and especially for children, it is illustrated throughout with drawings of mythical and earthly creatures.
The first European chroniclers of Indigenous Culture in Australia looked for the sensational, often neglecting its more significant features. In his fourth book on Queensland’s early history, J. G. Steele corrects this imbalance with a detailed account of the Indigenous people of the subtropical coast at the time of their earliest contact with white settlers. The region described is centred on Brisbane, extending along the coast to Fraser Island, to Evens Head in New South Wales, and inland to the Great Dividing Range. Drawing on early accounts, photographs, place-names, languages, legends, archeology, and museum collections, Aboriginal Pathways provides a wealth of fascinating and important material, much of it relevant to debates on Indigenous land rights and sacred sites of the 1980s.
Brief outline of circumstances surrounding panels; List of artists for each moiety, maps shows territory of people mentioned in text; For each panel, describes each section & gives explanation of associated myth; Dua panel - the Djankawu journeys; Yiritja panel - legend of Banaitja; Glossary of terms.
Legends about animals & nature; Stories about white men, wooden letters, beings from spirit world; General information about tribal life and customs (avoidance relationships, initiation & cicatrization, tribal gatherings & wars, types of food, weaving nets); Superstitions; Names of types of food & recipes; Signs & omens; Burial rites; Vocabulary (180 words); Mullenbutta and Koorkimbutta tribes - Tully, Davidson Creek, Murray River, North Queensland; Map shows place names, etc. given by Girroo Gurrll, and location of tribes.