y The Land of Byamee : Australian Wild Life in Legend and Fact selected work   prose   essay   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1938 1938
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The nature legends retold in this book are genuine products of the aboriginal [sic] mind. The presentation of the animal legends of the aborigines [sic], together with the facts, as at present known, regarding the lives and habits of their heroes and heroines, has not been attempted before.' (Dust jacket)

McKeown explains in the 'Preface' (pp.[xi]-xiv) that many of the tales in this volume come from the 'Wiradjurie of western New South Wales'. He blends retellings of dreaming stories with explanations of their context and photographs of Indigenous people and Australian animals.

Notes

  • Dedication: 'To M. J., because she liked the tales.'
  • Contents indexing in process.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1938 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Concerning the Country of Byamee : Brown Babies and Coolabah Trees., 1938 single work essay (p. 1-19)
The Arrival of the Animals in Australia., 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 20-24)
Bohrah, the Kangaroo, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 26-33)
Ng'rui Moch, The Native Cat, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 34-38)
Koob-borr, the Koala, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 38-49)
Gayardaree, the Platypus, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 50-58)
Piggiebillah, the Echidna, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 60-64)
Narahdarn, the Bat, and the Coming of Death, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 65-74)
The Mystery of Death, and the Coming of the Butterflies, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 75-81)
The Origin of the Cuckoos, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 82-93)
Bralgah, the Dancer, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 94-101)
Moograbah, the Bell-Magpie, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 102-112)
Wahn, the Crow, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 113-132)
The Origin of Byahmul, the Black Swan, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 133-138)
Dinewan, the Emu, and Goomblegubbon, the Plain Turkey, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 139-150)
Weringerong, the Lyre-Bird, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 156-155)
Mungoongarlee, the Goanna, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 158-174)
Nuru-Wordu-Bununa, The Carpet Snake, 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 173-182)
Wayambeh, the Tortoise., 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 183-196)
Tidda-Lick, the Frog, and the Great Flood., 1938 single work prose Indigenous story (p. 197-212)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: The Land of Byamee
Notes:
Illustrated with photographs by H. H. Finlayson, Norman Tindale, H. Burrell, K. A. Hindwood, M. S. R. Sharland, C. C. Crane, and the author.
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