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'A huge snake takes refuge under the body of a napping grandfather. A sixteen year old girl keeps three hundred head of cattle together for a couple of weeks without losing a beast. A young Aboriginal boy witnesses a man being thrown off a train onto a remote railway siding for being Jewish. Two trackers lead a police party deep into the desert to apprehend a murderer and rescue a young, abducted woman. From station life to dusty outback towns, Clarrie Cameron recreates the campfire yarns of his past on the page by deftly weaving together anecdote, wit and allegory. He captures the peculiarities and contradictions of human nature which readers all over the world will instantly recognise.' (Source: Magabala Books website: www.magabala.com)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    I dedicate this collection of yarns to my father,

    Leedham Cameron Snr, and to my Uncle George

    Curley, Both of them were exceptional storytellers.

    When I was small us kids would sit with out mouths open drinking up their stories...

  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 2013 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 128p.
      Description: map
      Note/s:
      • Published September 2013.
      • Includes a glossary.
      ISBN: 9781922142160 (ebook), 9781922142177 (ebook), 9781922142153 (ebook), 9781922142146 (pbk)

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] : Elephants in The Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Lawrence Bamblett , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2014; (p. 140-142)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story

'There are Kooris who say that outsiders cannot get our sense of humour. Of course, this is not true of everyone. Most people are able to learn the cultural and historical context that makes something funny. Clarrie Cameron’s Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns shows how extensively Aborigines use comedy in everyday life. Learning this is crucial to gaining an in-depth understanding of our communities. This book deserves a wide audience because it tells us all something about how we see ourselves. These are not narrow stories about disadvantaged or disengaged victims. Yes, Cameron deals with the standard issues of colonisation. However, he does it from a point of view that does not filter out the sense of fun that is integral to the ways that Aborigines live as an altered colonised minority. Cameron’s yarns are funny, in places gentle, but they confront these important issues as effectively as any raging or pitiful plea to understand what is happening in Aboriginal communities.' (Introduction)

The Year’s Work in Fiction Robyn Mundy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 59 no. 1 2014; (p. 124-143)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story ; An Elegant Young Man Luke Carman , 2013 selected work short story ; The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel ; Elemental Amanda Curtin , 2013 single work novel ; Now Showing Ron Elliott , 2013 selected work short story ; The Heaven I Swallowed Rachel Hennessy , 2013 single work novel ; Stella's Sea Sally-Ann Jones , 2013 single work novel ; The Young Desire It : A Novel Seaforth MacKenzie , 1937 single work novel ; Inland Gerald Murnane , 1988 single work novel ; White Light Mark O'Flynn , 2013 selected work short story ; Knitting and Other Stories : Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Best Australian Stories 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion , 2013 single work novel ; Lives of the Dead Jane Skelton , 2013 selected work short story ; The Double (And Other Stories) Maria Takolander , 2013 selected work short story ; Harmless Julienne Van Loon , 2013 single work novel ; Letters to the End of Love Yvette Walker , 2013 single work novel ; Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel ; The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
Storytelling William Yeoman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 October 2013; (p. 7)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story
Storytelling William Yeoman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 October 2013; (p. 7)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story
The Year’s Work in Fiction Robyn Mundy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 59 no. 1 2014; (p. 124-143)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story ; An Elegant Young Man Luke Carman , 2013 selected work short story ; The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel ; Elemental Amanda Curtin , 2013 single work novel ; Now Showing Ron Elliott , 2013 selected work short story ; The Heaven I Swallowed Rachel Hennessy , 2013 single work novel ; Stella's Sea Sally-Ann Jones , 2013 single work novel ; The Young Desire It : A Novel Seaforth MacKenzie , 1937 single work novel ; Inland Gerald Murnane , 1988 single work novel ; White Light Mark O'Flynn , 2013 selected work short story ; Knitting and Other Stories : Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Best Australian Stories 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion , 2013 single work novel ; Lives of the Dead Jane Skelton , 2013 selected work short story ; The Double (And Other Stories) Maria Takolander , 2013 selected work short story ; Harmless Julienne Van Loon , 2013 single work novel ; Letters to the End of Love Yvette Walker , 2013 single work novel ; Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel ; The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
[Review Essay] : Elephants in The Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Lawrence Bamblett , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2014; (p. 140-142)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story

'There are Kooris who say that outsiders cannot get our sense of humour. Of course, this is not true of everyone. Most people are able to learn the cultural and historical context that makes something funny. Clarrie Cameron’s Elephants in the bush and other Yamatji yarns shows how extensively Aborigines use comedy in everyday life. Learning this is crucial to gaining an in-depth understanding of our communities. This book deserves a wide audience because it tells us all something about how we see ourselves. These are not narrow stories about disadvantaged or disengaged victims. Yes, Cameron deals with the standard issues of colonisation. However, he does it from a point of view that does not filter out the sense of fun that is integral to the ways that Aborigines live as an altered colonised minority. Cameron’s yarns are funny, in places gentle, but they confront these important issues as effectively as any raging or pitiful plea to understand what is happening in Aboriginal communities.' (Introduction)

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