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Wise Women of the Dreamtime

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Publisher Comments:

Extending deep into the caverns of humanity's oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers. The myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K. Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spiritual sophistication. Saved from drowning by Aboriginal friends when she was just a child, Parker subsequently gained unique access to Aboriginal women and to stories that had previously eluded anthropologists.

In the stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioral codes for society. Included are stories of child-rearing practices, young love in adversity, the dangers of invoking the spiritual powers, the importance of social sharing, the role of women in male conflicts, the dark feminine, and the transformational power of language. Wise Women of the Dreamtime allows us to participate in the world's oldest stories and to begin a new dream of harmony between human society and nature.

Synopsis:

Extending deep into the caverns of humanity's oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers. The myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K. Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spiritual sophistication. Saved from drowning by Aboriginal friends when she was just a child, Parker subsequently gained unique access to Aboriginal women and to stories that had previously eluded anthropologists.

In the stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioral codes for society. Included are stories of child-rearing practices, young love in adversity, the dangers of invoking the spiritual powers, the importance of social sharing, the role of women in male conflicts, the dark feminine, and the transformational power of language. Wise Women of the Dreamtime allows us to participate in the world's oldest stories and to begin a new dream of harmony between human society and nature.

About the Author

An Australian-born actress and writer, Johanna Lambert has been deeply involved in Aboriginal issues for many years. She studied with the renowned Aboriginal film and stage director Brian Syron and is also the editor of the audio edition of Wise Women of the Dreamtime.

Table of Contents

This collection of women's stories was compiled one hundred years ago by an Australian befriended by Aboriginal women who shared with her their ceremonies, relationships, and traditions.

Wise Women of the Dreamtime

Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Tales of the Ancestral Powers

Wahwee and Nerida: The Water Monster and the Water Lily

Dinewan the Man Changes to Dinewan the Emu

Sturt's Desert Pea, the Blood Flower

Where the Frost Comes From

Tales of the Animal Powers

Murgah Muggui, the Spider

Bralgah, the Dancing Bird

Piggiebillah, the Porcupine

The Rainbird

Tales of the Magical Powers

Moodoobahngul, the Widow

The Wirreenun Woman and Her Wirreenun Son

The Redbreasts

The Wagtail and the Rainbow

Tales of Healing

Goonur, the Woman-Doctor

The Bunbundoolooeys

Bibliographyandquot;This well-written anthology provides an interesting perspective on major life themes . . . as"perceived by traditional Aboriginal women.andquot;"
< em > Library Journal < /em >

andquot;Truly universalist, these tales are an intriguing introduction into one of the first traceable"world views, one revering the feminine.andquot;
< em > Gynocratic Visions < /em >

andquot;Parker's prose, although a century old, communicates well to
today's reader." Although Parker herself wrote that the
sophisticated, dynamic textures of actual storytelling
performances were untranslatable, her use of Aboriginal names
and lexicon helps create an affinity with the original stores.""

Lambert's uniformly thoughtful commentaries present select
aspects of the Aboriginal worldview and culture, intertwined
with ethnographic detail." Lambert also frequently relates
Aboriginal themes to issues relevant to contemporary life, often
those of immediate concern to women.""

Wise Women of the Dreamtime is a well presented book:" The text,
supporting material, artwork (the reproductions of Dorothy
Djuukulul's bark paintings are marvelous), and even the printing
and paper stock all work together to create a powerful and
compelling volume.andquot;
< em > Shaman's Drum < /em > ""

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892814770
Editor:
Lambert, Johanna
Other:
Parker, K. Langloh
Editor:
Lambert, Johanna
Author:
Parker, K. Langloh
Author:
Lambert, Joanna
Author:
Lambert, Johanna
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Australian aborigines
Subject:
Mythology, australian aboriginal
Subject:
Aboriginal Australians
Subject:
Mythology, Aboriginal Australian
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Indigenous Cultures
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
133
Publication Date:
19930731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.4 in 8.085 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Extending deep into the caverns of humanity's oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers. The myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K. Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spiritual sophistication. Saved from drowning by Aboriginal friends when she was just a child, Parker subsequently gained unique access to Aboriginal women and to stories that had previously eluded anthropologists.

In the stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioral codes for society. Included are stories of child-rearing practices, young love in adversity, the dangers of invoking the spiritual powers, the importance of social sharing, the role of women in male conflicts, the dark feminine, and the transformational power of language. Wise Women of the Dreamtime allows us to participate in the world's oldest stories and to begin a new dream of harmony between human society and nature.

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