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First Pictures single work   poetry   "Clever hands made that pretty engine. = mara mirduwarra waramanna."
Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974 First Pictures
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  • This poem is a celebration of the first movie pictures shown at the Jubilee Hotel in Roebourne in 1930.
  • Tabi in Karierra/Sung by Cobbin Dale in the Karierra language.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: Aboriginal Kariyarra AIATSIS ref. (W39) (WA SF50-10) , English
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Taruru : Aboriginal Song Poetry from the Pilbara C. G. von (Carl Georg von) Brandenstein (editor), A. P. Thomas (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1974 Z209869 1974 anthology poetry

    The craft of composing tabi songs - songs sung by individuals as distinct from group (e.g. corroboree) singing - was taught to young Aboriginal men in their initiation years. This collection of tabi in eleven Aboriginal languages with English translation is, with the exception of a few Maralga (mythical people) tabi, generally from the twentieth century.

    The introduction by A. P. Thomas describes the way in which C. G. von Brandenstein went about collecting and recording these songs. Thomas also describes the demographic and social Aboriginal situation in the Pilbara when the tabi were being collected in the 1960s.

    Pages 53 to 91 contain notes specific to each tabi including an explanation of the translation, who sung the tabi to von Brandenstein, and details about the tune created or used.

    Adelaide : Rigby , 1974
    pg. 33, notes 77
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Western Australian Writing : An Online Anthology John Kinsella (editor), Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2003 Z1075006 2003 anthology poetry autobiography biography correspondence essay extract prose short story Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2003
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  • Roebourne, Pilbara area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • 1930
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