Little Eva at Moonlight Creek, and Other Aboriginal Song Poems

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Martin Duwell, Robert M. W. Dixon
University of Queensland Press, 1994 - Aboriginal Australian poetry - 169 pages
Little Eva at Moonlight Creeksamples the literary traditions of four language groups, broadening our appreciation of the richness of Aboriginal poetry. A wide diversity of subjects is covered - from the Yanyuwa songs which trace the search for the crashed US bomber, "Little Eva", to the nurlu from Broome which delve into the supernatural. The interaction between the spiritual and the worldly comes out in the songs from southern Central Australia. Bird poems from the Yolngu people describe the birds as creatures from the Dreamtime and brilliantly observed features of the natural world. Each song is presented in its original language and in translation. Introductions place the songs within their cultural context with interpretations offered by the singers.

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Contents

Journey East ANNIE KARRAKAYN
23
Individual songs
39
EILEEN MCDINNY MANANKURRMARA 62
62
Some nurlu songs from Broome Ray Keogh
71
Songs from southern Central Australia Luise A Hercus
91
Songs from the two trees
107
Three Wapiya verses
115
Some Yolngu songs about birds Ian Keen
127
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About the author (1994)

R.M.W. (Bob) Dixon is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University. He has worked for over 30 years on Aboriginal languages from North East Queensland. His several scholarly books on the subject include A Grammar of Yidiny(Cambridge University Press 1977); and Searching for Aboriginal Languages, Memoirs of a Field Worker(UQP 1983 and University of Chicago Press 1989). He is the author of Words of Our Country- Yidiny - the Aboriginal Language of the Cairns(UQP 1991). Professor Dixon is also co-editor, with Martin Duwell, of both the widely acclaimed collection The Honey-Ant Men's Love Song(UQP 1990), and its sequel, Little Eva at Moonlight Creek(UQP 1994).

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