Issue Details: First known date: 1924... 1924 Why All the Animals Peck at the Selfish Owl : The Coming of the Light
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The story of the Bat tribe, who stood alone and did not enter into any disputes. However, one day the Chief of the bat tribe was forced to enter into a battle between the animal tribe and bird tribe.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines David Unaipon , 1924-1925 6043804 1924 single work prose Indigenous story

    This manuscript contains the original works of David Unaipon's Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.


    Hand written title: Why Animals peaked at Owl, the Coming of Light.

    This loose leaf section is numbered 24: 1-6.

  • Appears in:
    y Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines Myths & Legends of the Australian Aboriginals Alice Bolingbroke Woodward (illustrator), W. Ramsay Smith , David Unaipon , London : Harrap , 1930 6080162 1930 selected work prose dreaming story

    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).

    London : Harrap , 1930
    pg. 94-99
    Note: With title: The Selfish Owl
  • Appears in:
    y Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines David Unaipon , Z900600 2001 selected work prose dreaming story (taught in 1 units) Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2001 pg. 159-163
  • Appears in:
    y Dawn: A Magazine for the Aboriginal People of N.S.W. vol. 4 no. 4 1955 1955 6100370 1955 periodical issue pg. 16-17

    With title: Why All The Animals Peck At The Selfish Owl.

    Editors' Note: This is one of the Aboriginal legends told to author Michael Sawtell, by David Unaipon, Australia's best-educated full-blood.

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