Chirr-bookie, the Blue Crane single work   short story   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1930 1930
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The story of the Chirrbookie is intended to educate the Raminyeri (Ramindjeri) people or other people of the Ngarrindjeri nation. Chirrbookie was the name of a person who belonged to the Ramindjeri people, he was greatly respected by his own and other clans. This man also taught the people that if they fulfilled the laws and customs they should, if they desired, continued to live on the earth. However, if death came to them by accident or in warfare, or by other means they would only have to wish and that wish would be granted. If the person was a law-breaker and a good man killed him and that same good man expressed a wish that the bad man became stone, then the bad would turn to stone. (Source: footnote p.331, Myths and Legends)

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    y Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines Myths & Legends of the Australian Aboriginals Alice Bolingbroke Woodward (illustrator), W. Ramsay Smith , David Unaipon , London : Harrap , 1930 6080162 1930 selected work prose dreaming story

    This 1930s publication describes the legends of the Australian Aborigines located in the southeast corner of Australia near the Murray River. It covers a range of narratives from the creation stories to those of witchcraft, and explanations of landmarks. (Source: Preface).

    London : Harrap , 1930
    pg. 331-341
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