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y separately published work icon The Legends of Moonie Jarl selected work   children's fiction   Indigenous story   children's  
Note: Retold by Moonie Jarl (Wilf Reeves).
Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 The Legends of Moonie Jarl
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'The Legends of Moonie Jarl is a collection of twelve traditional stories of the Butchulla/Badtjala people from Fraser Island and the adjacent mainland around Hervey Bay in Queensland. The Moonie Jarl of the title refers to the Butchulla/Badtjala elder responsible for passing traditional knowledge through generations of those people. Each story in this collection is incorporated into one of nine story-maps, supported by explanatory keys opposite each full-page illustration.' (Source: Juilet O'Conor, 'The Legends of Moonie Jarl : Our First Indigenous Children's Book,' La Trobe Journal :79 (2007): 66-81.)

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Notes

  • Australian Children's Books 1774-1972 and The Bibliography of Australian Literature Vol 2 have this book listed under 'Jarl, Moonie'. Further research indicates that the words Moonie Jarl (Teller of Tales) and Wandi (the wild duck) are the Aboriginal names of brother and sister, Wilf Reeves and Olga Miller (q.v.).

Contents

* Contents derived from the Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:Jacaranda Press , 1964 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Flying Fox, Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 8)
The Yindingie, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 9-11)
Yindingie and the Wallaby, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 12)
Yindingie and the Catfish, Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 13)
The Boomerang, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 14-17)
Minguin, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 18-21)
The Fire Bird, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 22-24)
The Storm Bird and the Swan, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 25-28)
Mooging, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 29-33)
Ornithorhynchus, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 34-37)
The Wishing Crab, Olga Miller (illustrator), Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 38-42)
Your Own Jun Jaree, Wilf Reeves , 1964 single work short story dreaming story (p. 43-44)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milton, Milton - Toowong area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: Jacaranda Press , 1964 .
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      Extent: 44p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Reprinted: 1965 London : Angus and Robertson by arrangement with Jacaranda Press
    • Ultimo, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Indigenous Literacy Foundation , 2014 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 44p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Originally published: Milton, Qld. : Jacaranda Press, 1964.
      ISBN: 9780992478049 (hdk), 0992478049

Works about this Work

Legends Book Republished 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 19 November no. 589 2014; (p. 36)
'The Legends of Moonie Jarl, hailed as Australia's first Indigenous children's book, originally published in 1964, has been republished to celebrate the publication's 50th anniversary...'
From Colonial Superstition to the Hairyman : Aboriginality and the Politics of Race Juliet O'Conor , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations Into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 2 2010; (p. 11-22)
'The misconceptions of Indigenous incapacity and pastoral welfarism evident in the mid century texts are reversed by the end of the century and the texts that have made the same possible are discussed. Characterization of the Indigenous protagonists in each publication reveals much about changing perceptions of Aboriginality.' (Author's abstract)
A Life Work in Progess Rosalie Higson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 November 2009; (p. 15)
Aboriginal Children's Literature : More Than Just Pretty Pictures Anita Heiss , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Just Words? : Australian Authors Writing for Justice 2008; (p. 102-117) The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 7)

'This essay explores how some recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authored titles have used local languages and personal histories - including complex stories which deal with the Stolen Generations - to engage and educate young Australian readers, while providing much needed inspiration to nurture Indigenous audiences.' (Source: Heiss, Anita, Aboriginal Literature for Children: More Than Just Pretty Pictures, 2015)

The Legends of Moonie Jarl : Our First Indigenous Children's Book Juliet O'Conor , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , Autumn no. 79 2007; (p. 66-81)
'This paper examines how cultural difference is portrayed in the first publication by Indigenous Australians in this genre. The path to the publication of this pivotal book ... reveals the successful employment of publishing opportunities empowering Indigenous Australians to change reader perception of the traditional story genre (p.67).
Untitled 1965 single work review
— Appears in: New Books for Boys and Girls , July no. 21 1965; (p. 14-15)

— Review of The Legends of Moonie Jarl 1964 selected work children's fiction
The Legends of Moonie Jarl : Our First Indigenous Children's Book Juliet O'Conor , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , Autumn no. 79 2007; (p. 66-81)
'This paper examines how cultural difference is portrayed in the first publication by Indigenous Australians in this genre. The path to the publication of this pivotal book ... reveals the successful employment of publishing opportunities empowering Indigenous Australians to change reader perception of the traditional story genre (p.67).
Postcolonial Transformation and Traditional Australian Indigenous Story Juliet O'Conor , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 16 no. 2 2006; (p. 132-137)
O'Conor examines and acknowledges the 1964 text The Legends of Moonie Jarl (Wilf Reeves) as a turning point in Australia's literary history and as a challenge to dominant colonial assumptions regarding Aboriginal culture. At a time when non-Indigenous representations of Aboriginality were privileged and presumed to be accurate, the twelve stories in this collection challenged the hegemonic view of the Indigenous population by 'defining the cultural significance of traditional Aboriginal culture' (134). In particular, O'Conor points to how the use of maps in the text works to 'invite readers across cultural boundaries' by using traditional symbols to develop the non-indigenous reader's understanding of Indigenous communities and as such, 'the story maps of The Legends of Moonie Jarl marked a new form of illustration in traditional narrative' (135). Her discussion focuses on how the text expands 'map reading' into the realm of cultural difference through its construction of a 'story map' that intergrates Indigenous and non-Indigenous signs and symbols.
A Life Work in Progess Rosalie Higson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 November 2009; (p. 15)
From Colonial Superstition to the Hairyman : Aboriginality and the Politics of Race Juliet O'Conor , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations Into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 2 2010; (p. 11-22)
'The misconceptions of Indigenous incapacity and pastoral welfarism evident in the mid century texts are reversed by the end of the century and the texts that have made the same possible are discussed. Characterization of the Indigenous protagonists in each publication reveals much about changing perceptions of Aboriginality.' (Author's abstract)
Legend from the Butchulla Tribe on Fraser Island: The Magic Power of The Spider Crab The Wishing Crab 1992 single work column short story
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 29 January no. 18 1992; (p. 19)
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Subjects:
  • Fraser Island, Maryborough - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island area, Maryborough - Rockhampton area, Queensland,
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