y Storymen single work   life story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'What do the artistic works of acclaimed author Tim Winton and eminent Ngarinyin lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai have in common?

'According to Hannah Rachel Bell they both reflect sacred relationship with the natural world, the biological imperative of a male rite of passage, an emergent urban tribalism, and the fundamental role of story in the transmission of cultural knowledge. In Bell's four decade friendship with Mowaljarlai, she had to confront the cultural assumptions that sculpted her way of seeing. The journey was life-changing.

'When she returned to teaching in 2001 Tim Winton's novels featured in the curriculum. She recognised an eerie familiarity and thought Winton must have been influenced by traditional elders to express such an 'indigenous' perspective. She wrote to him. This resulted in 4 years of correspondence and an excavation of converging world views - exposed through personal memoir, letters, paintings and conversations and culminating in Storymen.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Joan Butun. I have never forgotten your dedication to the Ngarinyin kids.
  • Includes some re-tellings of Ngarinyin / Ungarinyin stories (as told by Mowalijarlia) from recorded transcripts.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Cambridge University Press , 2009 .
      Extent: xiii, 264p.p.
      Description: illus. (some col.), map, ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes colour reproductions of Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai artwork.
      • Includes glossary (p.xi), index and bibliography (pp.240-242).
      • Publication date: November 2009.
      ISBN: 9780521759960 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Review Christopher Bantick , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 - 10 January 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story
Books William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 11 September 2010; (p. 20)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel ; Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story
Books Susan Hewitt , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 7 November 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of What Doesn't Kill You Leon Ford 2009 single work novel ; Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story ; The Nature of Ice Robyn Mundy 2009 single work novel ; On the Run Colin McLaren 2009 single work novel
Friends in Hope Rosemary O'Grady , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 4 no. 11 2009; (p. 26)
Books Susan Hewitt , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 7 November 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of What Doesn't Kill You Leon Ford 2009 single work novel ; Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story ; The Nature of Ice Robyn Mundy 2009 single work novel ; On the Run Colin McLaren 2009 single work novel
Review Christopher Bantick , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 - 10 January 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story
Books William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 11 September 2010; (p. 20)

— Review of The Body in the Clouds Ashley Hay 2010 single work novel ; Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell 2009 single work life story
Friends in Hope Rosemary O'Grady , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 4 no. 11 2009; (p. 26)
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