Little Eva at Moonlight Creek sequence   poetry   "Ka-wayawayama, / Continuously the propeller turned,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Little Eva at Moonlight Creek
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"The following song deals with the events surrounding the crash of a United States Air Force B-24 bomber called Little Eva at Moonlight Creek (Dulijarrba) in the Gulf of Carpentara on 1 December, 1942."

(Source: Little Eva at Moonlight Creek and other Aboriginal song poems, {eds.}Duwell, M. and Dixon, RMW, University of Queensland Press, 1994, p. 5)


  • This a poetry song sequence.
  • The song has three main parts: first the bomber travels home is caught in the storm and crashes; second people search for the plane and the crew; and, third there is the interaction between the searching planes and the Yanyuwa search parties. The first part of the song is fictional, it was an attempt by the Yanyuwa composer to work out why and how the plane crashed. (Source: Page 5)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: English , Aboriginal Yanyuwa AIATSIS ref. (N153) (NT SE53-04)
Parallel text: Yanyuwa and English
  • Appears in:
    y Little Eva at Moonlight Creek and Other Aboriginal Song Poems Martin Duwell (editor), R. M. W. Dixon (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 Z406121 1994 anthology poetry Little Eva at Moonlight Creek is the sequel to the anthology of Aboriginal song poems, The Honey-Ant Men's Love Song. It samples the literary traditions of four language groups...Yanyuwa songs depicting particular events such as the 1942 crash of the B-25 bomber Little Eva, Ngurlu songs from Broome, Wangkangurru songs with mixed themes and Yolngu songs about birds from the Wora and Liyagawumirr clans. Each song is presented in its original language and in translation. Introductions place songs within their cultural context with interpretations offered by singers. (Source: Publishers blurb) St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 pg. 8-21
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  • Gulf of Carpentaria area, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • Northern Territory,
  • 1940s
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