The Rainbow Serpent : Djauan Legend single work   short story   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1952... 1952
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  • The legend of the black rock-snake Kurrichalpongo, who becomes Bolong the rainbow serpent, sung by the Djauan in the corroboree called Kunabibbi.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Legend and Dreaming : Legends of the Dream-time of Australian Aborigines Roland Robinson , Sydney : Edwards and Shaw , 1952 Z424414 1952 selected work short story Indigenous story Sydney : Edwards and Shaw , 1952 pg. 19-21
  • Appears in:
    y North of the Ten Commandments : A Collection of Northern Territory Literature David Headon (editor), Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z54431 1991 anthology poetry short story prose correspondence extract

    'The writers and story-tellers included in this collection relate an important, even epic tale. They tell a story which in 1988 (white Australia's bicentennial year) rarely received attention because, while it tells of courage and love, it also focuses on killing and conquest, eccentricity and madness, and a land as hostile and murderous as it could be gentle and caring...' (Source: Preface)

    Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991
    pg. 7-9
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