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Publication of story is prefaced with the following statement: 'Mr David Unaipon...is an intellectual aboriginal from South Australia. Besides writing and lecturing, he has interested himself in mechanics. He is now engaged in writing a book of the legends of the Australian aborigines. Here is one of the legends which seeks to account for the presence of the constellation known as the Pleiades.'
Story accompanied by biographical note and portrait of David Unaipon by photographer Harold Cazneaux.
This 1930s publication describes the legends of the Australian Aborigines located in the southeast corner of Australia near the Murray River. It covers a range of narratives from the creation stories to those of witchcraft, and explanations of landmarks. (Source: Preface).
Originally written in the 1920s by David Unaipon. The original work was edited by W. Ramsay Smith and published in 1930 credited to W. Ramsay Smith as Myths & Legends of the Australian Aboriginals, without acknowledgement of Unaipon's authorship. Shoemaker and Muecke republished it in 2001 under Unaipon's name and original title.
AustLit uses the original Unaipon title as the main title showing Ramsay Smith's title as an alternative title on those editions published prior to the restitution edition.