Issue Details: First known date: 1974 1974
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The craft of composing tabi songs - songs sung by individuals as distinct from group (e.g. corroboree) singing - was taught to young Aboriginal men in their initiation years. This collection of tabi in eleven Aboriginal languages with English translation is, with the exception of a few Maralga (mythical people) tabi, generally from the twentieth century.

The introduction by A. P. Thomas describes the way in which C. G. von Brandenstein went about collecting and recording these songs. Thomas also describes the demographic and social Aboriginal situation in the Pilbara when the tabi were being collected in the 1960s.

Pages 53 to 91 contain notes specific to each tabi including an explanation of the translation, who sung the tabi to von Brandenstein, and details about the tune created or used.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,: Rigby , 1974 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Mount Satirist Stationi"From high up I viewed on the bare ground=kangala karnamarna warimarila", Robert Churnside , 1974 single work poetry (p. 1; notes 55)
Fight of the Bullsi"Imagine it: = karnakarnamalanu nunna:", Alec , 1974 single work poetry (p. 1; notes 55)
Bird's Calli"The Kurrugu bird-call finds his melody in the morning,=Ku'urru murlawarngaa juurumarna karnalilila,", Robert Churnside , 1974 single work poetry (p. 2; notes 56)
Racehorsesi"At the start the racehorses are lined up = taalunarli wandarna jirdinarda", Robert Churnside , 1974 single work poetry (p. 2;notes 56)
What Albert Didi"What a careless way to burn off the thick spinifex! = narlu-tialara kambanna tarririlagu!", Robert Churnside , 1974 single work poetry (p. 2; notes 56)
The Star Tjirdarai"Going straight through the middle of Poojoorroona Gap = Puiurruna wururr urndada parrangarra", Willy Cooper , 1974 single work poetry (p. 3; notes 57)
Two Girls in the Raini"Two girls stood at the edge = naduri kudarra jirrii kalbana", Willy Cooper , 1974 single work poetry (p. 3; notes 57)
Gold-Feveri"Poor fellow you,", Cobbin Dale , 1974 single work poetry (p. 4, 58 (notes))
Morning with my Soni"The soft spinifex had burned itself out with morning,=paru merna kambaba nuurra karnalilila", Cobbin Dale , 1974 single work poetry (p. 4; notes 57&58)
Nightmarei"A lot of magpies poke my hips up to the sky = Wandula nilbi nilbi kardaanna puganarila nadai", Willy Cooper , 1974 single work poetry (p. 4; notes 57)
The Trucki"There he is, the Giant, shifting back and forth, = Taaniwalli wanarrwanarraibi Ningarana,", Dingo George , 1974 single work poetry (p. 5, notes 58-59)
Whirlwindi"A whirlwind rises high = pilitili kalbam", Mick Fazeldean , 1974 single work poetry (p. 6, notes 59)
Expectationi"Adorned with feathers = kulala-wardu Tundi jindinam", Mick Fazeldean , 1974 single work poetry (p. 6, notes 59)
Mail Servicei"Murchison House! = Mardidan", Isseka , 1974 single work poetry (p. 7, notes 60)
The Seai"The sea foams in the distance, = wirlupara kulalupana jardimarna nangunna", Isseka , 1974 single work poetry (p. 7, notes60)
Love Songi"Money promised for three new dresses? = moneypadan warnganala puraagu marnkudaba?", Bill Hamlet , 1974 single work poetry (p. 7, notes 59-60)
Returning from Millstreami"Fast runs the truck over the ground = tirlungarda mardupiluru nuurrai karana", Wimia King , 1974 single work poetry (p. 8, notes 60-61)
Tjanginara the Planei"Right around the wind mark = kandilindili waarrarrii nuurrai meenumarna", Wimia King , 1974 single work poetry (p. 8, notes 60)
Visioni"They sat down by Paburrdji Pool, over there = jindindi madii Paburrdila jindai nunuu", Wimia King , 1974 single work poetry (p. 9, notes 61)
The Morning Stari"The wind blows along the rise where I am sitting. = wirruii nardanarda junurula madii.", Wimia King , 1974 single work poetry (p. 9, notes 61)

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Works about this Work

On Australian Aboriginal Poetry Sarah Dowling , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Jacket2 , 2012 2012;
White Engine Against Black Magic : Aboriginal Song Poetry and Anthropology Robbie Wood (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Jacket2 , 2012 2012;
A conversation between Robbie Wood and Andrew Dowding about Taruru: Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara.
Untitled A. Massola , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 April 1975; (p. 16)

— Review of Taruru : Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara 1974 anthology poetry
Untitled A. P. Elkin , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Oceania , March vol. 45 no. 1975; (p. 244)

— Review of Taruru : Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara 1974 anthology poetry
Untitled A. Massola , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 April 1975; (p. 16)

— Review of Taruru : Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara 1974 anthology poetry
Untitled A. P. Elkin , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Oceania , March vol. 45 no. 1975; (p. 244)

— Review of Taruru : Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara 1974 anthology poetry
On Australian Aboriginal Poetry Sarah Dowling , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Jacket2 , 2012 2012;
White Engine Against Black Magic : Aboriginal Song Poetry and Anthropology Robbie Wood (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Jacket2 , 2012 2012;
A conversation between Robbie Wood and Andrew Dowding about Taruru: Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara.
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