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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The Two Rainbow Serpents Travelling : Mura Track Narratives from the 'Corner Country'
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'The ‘Corner Country’, where Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales now converge, was in Aboriginal tradition crisscrossed by the tracks of the mura, ancestral beings, who named the country as they travelled, linking place to language. Reproduced here is the story of the two Ngatyi, Rainbow Serpents, who travelled from the Paroo to the Flinders Ranges and back as far as Yancannia Creek, where their deep underground channels linked them back to the Paroo. Jeremy Beckett recorded these stories from George Dutton and Alf Barlow in 1957. Luise Hercus, who has worked on the languages in the area for many years, has collaborated with Jeremy Beckett to analyse the names and identify the places.' (Source: Publishers website)




  • This work contains chapters:

    1. Introduction: 1.1. Mura stories as cultural links

    1.2. General ceremonies gradually replacing the mura

    1.3. Survival of the mura stories

    1.4. The storytellers and their country

    1.5. The Ngatyi in the mythology of the Corner Country

    2. The two rainbow serpents: original texts: 2.1. George Dutton's version

    2.2. Alf Barlow's version

    2.3. Walter Newton's version

    2.4. Comment /​ Hannah Quayle

    2.5. Comments /​ Cecil Ebsworth

    3. Geographical names in the Two Ngatyi stories: 3.1. Introduction

    3.2. Discussion of the placenames

    3.3. Territorial conclusions from the study of the placenames

    4. References

    5. Appendix: Transcription of Aboriginal vocabulary.

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  • Paroo River (Queensland / New South Wales), South West Queensland, Queensland,
  • Flinders Ranges, North East South Australia, Far North South Australia, South Australia,
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