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Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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'Elder Eileen Morgan, with the help of historian Terry Fox, recounts the history of the Wallaga Lake area of New South Wales and of the Yuin people, through her stories, poems and drawings. Eileen has lived most of her life in the region and her reminiscences provide a fascinating insight into the spiritual and cultural wealth of a community that has endured hardship and injustice with stoic good humour'. (Source: back cover, 1994 edition)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    To my children Malcolm, Monica, Arthur and Wendy;

    to my grandchildren Shane, Karen, Scott, Alan, Judith, Vanessa, Mark, Deon, Daniel, Rhys, Kane, Bradley and Melissa;

    to my great-grandchildren, Shannon, Brooke, Aaron, Tara, Yolanda, Scott, John, Benjamin, Jed, Emily, Sabrina, Chantelle and Ranita;

    and to all the other members of my family.

    And we recall with love the memory of my husband Rex, my son Rex, my grand-daughter Rachel, and my great-grandson Brendan.

  • Author's note: Introduction includes an explanation of why author wrote The Calling of the Spirits:

    'In a way I was very lucky to be gifted to write down the past and the history of our culture which can be passed on to the younger generation. This could've easily been lost forever. I want to leave for them the culture and the legends of our ancestors, thinking that one day some of them like myself would like to know...'

    [After the death of Rex Morgan,] 'I wanted to leave my family something of their past so they would know what went on in the early days. I had no money to leave my children, but I wanted them to have something more valuable then money... When my time comes, I will be leaving a wonderful legacy for my children: the culture of our ancestors that will be passed on to younger generations.' (pp. xvi-xvii)

  • Contents indexed selectively.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Aboriginal Studies Press , 1994 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Calling of the Spiritsi"Gulaga Mountain, so tall and high,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. xviii)
Tilba Tilbai"Tilba is at the foot of Mount Gulaga", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 4)
My Homei"We live down at Wallaga Lake,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 8)
Ganiinasi"Oh, clever lights, spirit lights,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 43)
At Playi"When we were children what times we had;", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 61)
Memoriesi"You are never too old to wander down memory's lane,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 75)
Campingi"When Christmas is over and it's the last two weeks", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 91)
Cobargoi"Cobargo is in a valley right on the Princes Highway,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 94)
Gugunyalui"Gugunyalu, Gugunyalu, high in a tree,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 101)
A Messagei"Dunuuj, Dunuuj, in your tree so high,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 114)
Yellow Goldi"Bright shining gold,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 115)
Whalingi"In Kiah where we lived and worked", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 116)
Edeni"Our beautiful homeland down by the sea", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 123)
Dreamingi"I see you in my dreams, my darling,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 136)
Willy-Willyi"Will-willy whirly wind", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 145)
Mumbulla Mountaini"We travelled to the mountain", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 159)
The Easteri"My family and I,", Eileen Morgan , 1994 single work poetry (p. 165)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

'Believe Me' : Acts of Witnessing in Aboriginal Women's Autobiographical Narratives Christine Watson , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 64 2000; (p. 142-152)
Calling of the Spirits Kath Schilling , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 1998; (p. 90)

— Review of The Calling of the Spirits Eileen Morgan 1994 selected work life story poetry
Kath Schilling reviews Eileen Morgan's book Calling of the Spirits. Schilling believes that this book 'is an interesting read, not only for people with south coast heritage but for anyone who is interested in the special community and spiritual sense that managed to survive despite Protection and Welfare Board control.' (Source: review)
Calling of the Spirits Kath Schilling , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 1998; (p. 90)

— Review of The Calling of the Spirits Eileen Morgan 1994 selected work life story poetry
Kath Schilling reviews Eileen Morgan's book Calling of the Spirits. Schilling believes that this book 'is an interesting read, not only for people with south coast heritage but for anyone who is interested in the special community and spiritual sense that managed to survive despite Protection and Welfare Board control.' (Source: review)
'Believe Me' : Acts of Witnessing in Aboriginal Women's Autobiographical Narratives Christine Watson , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 64 2000; (p. 142-152)
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