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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... 1929 Native Legends
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Notes

  • Dedication: Dedicated to Mrs J. C. Shierlaw of Malvern, South Australia, in remembrance of her many kindnesses.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,:Hunkin, Ellis and King , 1929 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Release of the Dragon Flies, David Unaipon , single work prose

This story is about the conflict between the bullfrogs and dragonflies.

(p. 1-3)
Totemism, David Unaipon , single work essay

this work relates to the totemic customs and practices of Australian Aborigines.

(p. 4-5)
Pah Kowie - The Creature Cell of Life and Intelligence, David Unaipon , single work short story myth/legend (p. 6)
Youn Goona the Cockatoo, David Unaipon , single work prose Indigenous story

This story is about the spirit cockatoo, Youn Goona who one days decides to become an earthly creature.

(p. 7-11)
Hungarrda, David Unaipon , single work short story dreaming story (p. 12-14)
The Song of Hungarrdai"Bright, consuming Spirit. No power on earth so great as Thee,", Ngunaitponi , single work poetry Indigenous story (p. 14-15)
Note: Written under the name of David Unaipon.
Narrinyeri Sayingi"Like children at play we begin Life's journey,", David Unaipon , single work poetry (p. [15])

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

David Unaipon : His Story Sue Hosking , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Southwords : Essays on South Australian Writing 1995; (p. 85-101)
Popular Perceptions of an Unpopular People, 1929-1945 Adam Shoemaker , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 1989; (p. 39-62)
This chapter examines works written between 1929 and 1945 by non-Aboriginal authors representing Aboriginality. Works analysed in detail are Coonardoo (1929) by Katharine Susannah Prichard, Capricornia (1938) by Xavier Herbert, Lasseter's Last Ride: An Epic of Central Australia (1931) by Ion Idriess, The Passing of the Aborigines (1938) by Daisy Bates and Native Legends (1929) by David Unaipon. Shoemaker argues the following points: Firstly, that there is a tendency for academics to overemphasise the importance of works by Prichard and Herbert as indicators of a supposedly new and enlightened view. Secondly, that by highlighting such works as beacons of enlightenment, academic criticism has cast a shadow over the extremely popular works of historical fiction by Idriess. And thirdly, that a number of other popular works of literature written and published between 1929 and 1945, for example, Daisy Bates's The Passing of the Aborigines, still exerted some influence on Australian readers as late as the 1960s. Finally, Shoemaker's analysis concludes with David Unaipon, who published during this period, was almost totally ignored until the 1970s, and even now still deserves far more study than he has received.
Backgrounds to Aboriginal Literature Clifford Watego , 1988 single work essay
— Appears in: Black Voices , vol. 4 no. 1 1988; (p. 42-55)
David Unaipon : The First Aboriginal Writer (1873-1967) John Beston , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 39 no. 3 1979; (p. 334-346, 350)

Beston depicts the life and writings of David Unaipon.

Backgrounds to Aboriginal Literature Clifford Watego , 1988 single work essay
— Appears in: Black Voices , vol. 4 no. 1 1988; (p. 42-55)
David Unaipon : The First Aboriginal Writer (1873-1967) John Beston , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 39 no. 3 1979; (p. 334-346, 350)

Beston depicts the life and writings of David Unaipon.

David Unaipon : His Story Sue Hosking , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Southwords : Essays on South Australian Writing 1995; (p. 85-101)
Popular Perceptions of an Unpopular People, 1929-1945 Adam Shoemaker , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 1989; (p. 39-62)
This chapter examines works written between 1929 and 1945 by non-Aboriginal authors representing Aboriginality. Works analysed in detail are Coonardoo (1929) by Katharine Susannah Prichard, Capricornia (1938) by Xavier Herbert, Lasseter's Last Ride: An Epic of Central Australia (1931) by Ion Idriess, The Passing of the Aborigines (1938) by Daisy Bates and Native Legends (1929) by David Unaipon. Shoemaker argues the following points: Firstly, that there is a tendency for academics to overemphasise the importance of works by Prichard and Herbert as indicators of a supposedly new and enlightened view. Secondly, that by highlighting such works as beacons of enlightenment, academic criticism has cast a shadow over the extremely popular works of historical fiction by Idriess. And thirdly, that a number of other popular works of literature written and published between 1929 and 1945, for example, Daisy Bates's The Passing of the Aborigines, still exerted some influence on Australian readers as late as the 1960s. Finally, Shoemaker's analysis concludes with David Unaipon, who published during this period, was almost totally ignored until the 1970s, and even now still deserves far more study than he has received.
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