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y Bangu the Flying Fox : A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake single work   picture book   children's   Indigenous story   dreaming story  
Note: With kind permission from Mervyn Penrith and the Umbarra Cultural Tour Group, this story is retold by Jillian Taylor, and illustrated by Penny Jones and Aaron Norris.
Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Bangu the Flying Fox : A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Bangu the Flying Fox is a Dreaming story told by the Umbarra Cultural Tour Group from Wallaga Lake, on the far south of New South Wales. This region has been home to the Yuin people for many thousands of years. The Umbarra Cultural Tour Group keep the traditions of their people alive through their dedication and their work.' Source: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/ (Sighted 31/08/2009).

Notes

  • 'We thank Mervyn Penrith who told his grandfather's story and gave permission for us to share it with you' (t.p.).
  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to Mervyn Penrith and our dancers - Jo Angus, Celina Campbell, Stella Campbell, Emma Hankinson, Liza Morris, Serena Ridgeway, Melissa Walker, Alice Williams - and Mrs Pearson and Mrs Norris.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Untitled John Murray , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 10 no. 1 1995; (p. 27)

— Review of Bangu the Flying Fox : A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake Jillian Taylor 1994 single work picture book
[Review] Bangu the Flying Fox and Bittangabee Tribe Barbara Dobson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 38 no. 4 1994; (p. 16)

— Review of Bangu the Flying Fox : A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake Jillian Taylor 1994 single work picture book ; Bittangabee Tribe : An Aboriginal Story From Coastal New South Wales Beryl Cruse Rebecca Kirby Liddy Stewart Steven Thomas 1994 single work picture book
Book Reviews John Rudder , 1994 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1994; (p. 81-82)

'These four beautiful books, in the veritable tradition of well-loved stories, surely will continue to be retold. The stories themselves stem from a range of sources. Bangu the Flying Fox, as Jillian Taylor and the book's colophon inform us, is a Dreamtime story courtesy of the Umbarra Cultural Tour Group and Mervyn Penrith who '...told his grandfather's story and gave permission for us to share it with you'. It tells the story of Bangu, who cannot decide whether she is an animal or a bird, and who 'changes sides' depending on which group is 'winning in the fight'. Bangu's appearance, exclusively at night, is thus explained, and a suitably moral ending ensues. Without the use of metaphor, or allowing this message by association, young readers/listeners are directed: 'If you find friends, stick with them. Help them when things are good and when things are bad'. Bangu the Flying Fox is apparently aimed at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences; the book will be useful in primary schools, incorporating a Koori narrative into learning. A teacher living near Wallaga Lake, Jillian Taylor will have noted the benefits of inclusion and this, presumably, was an aim of the retelling.'  (Introduction)

[Review] Bangu the Flying Fox and Bittangabee Tribe Barbara Dobson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 38 no. 4 1994; (p. 16)

— Review of Bangu the Flying Fox : A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake Jillian Taylor 1994 single work picture book ; Bittangabee Tribe : An Aboriginal Story From Coastal New South Wales Beryl Cruse Rebecca Kirby Liddy Stewart Steven Thomas 1994 single work picture book
Untitled John Murray , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 10 no. 1 1995; (p. 27)

— Review of Bangu the Flying Fox : A Dreamtime Story of the Yuin People of Wallaga Lake Jillian Taylor 1994 single work picture book
Book Reviews John Rudder , 1994 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 1994; (p. 81-82)

'These four beautiful books, in the veritable tradition of well-loved stories, surely will continue to be retold. The stories themselves stem from a range of sources. Bangu the Flying Fox, as Jillian Taylor and the book's colophon inform us, is a Dreamtime story courtesy of the Umbarra Cultural Tour Group and Mervyn Penrith who '...told his grandfather's story and gave permission for us to share it with you'. It tells the story of Bangu, who cannot decide whether she is an animal or a bird, and who 'changes sides' depending on which group is 'winning in the fight'. Bangu's appearance, exclusively at night, is thus explained, and a suitably moral ending ensues. Without the use of metaphor, or allowing this message by association, young readers/listeners are directed: 'If you find friends, stick with them. Help them when things are good and when things are bad'. Bangu the Flying Fox is apparently aimed at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences; the book will be useful in primary schools, incorporating a Koori narrative into learning. A teacher living near Wallaga Lake, Jillian Taylor will have noted the benefits of inclusion and this, presumably, was an aim of the retelling.'  (Introduction)

Last amended 15 Jan 2014 13:19:56
Subjects:
  • Wallaga Lake, Narooma - Bermagui area, Far South Coast, South Coast, New South Wales,
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