Aboriginal Mythology: An A-Z Spanning the History of the Australian Aboriginal People from the Earliest Legends to the Present Day

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"Aboriginals believe they have lived in Australia since the Dreamtime, the beginning of all creation, and archaeological evidence shows the land has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years. Over this time, Aboriginal culture has grown a rich variety of mythologies in hundreds of different languages. Their unifying feature is a shared belief that the whole universe is alive, that we belong to the land and must care for it. This is the first book to collate and explain the many fascinating elements of Aboriginal culture: the song circles and stories, artefacts, landmarks, characters and customs."--BOOK COVER.

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Book Description: London.: Aquarian. 1994. Softbound 8vo. Condition: Vs.. "An A-Z spanning the history of aboriginal mythology from the earliest legends to the present day". *** 190pp. Read full review

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Colin Johnson was born in Cuballing, Western Australia on August 21, 1938. During his childhood and young adulthood, he spent time in state care, an orphanage, and Fremantle Prison. He was a novelist and poet who wrote about the struggles of modern Aboriginals to adapt to life in a society dominated by whites. His first book Wild Cat Falling was published in 1965. He changed his name to Mudrooroo Nyoongah in 1988. Afterward he published under the names Mudrooroo Nyoongah, Mudrooroo Narogin, and Mudrooroo. His other novels included Long Live Sandawara, Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World, Doin Wildcat, Wildcat Screaming, The Kwinkan, Master of the Ghost Dreaming, Undying, Underground, and The Promised Land. His poetry collections included Song Circle of Jacky; Dalwurra, the Black Bittern; Collected Poems; Pacific Highway Boo-Blooz: Country Poems; and Old Fellow Poems. His plays included Big Sunday and Mutjinggaba: The Place of the Old Woman. His nonfiction works included Before the Invasion: Aboriginal Life to 1788; Writing from the Fringe: A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature; Us Mob: History, Culture, Struggle; and Indigenous Literature of Australia: Milli Milli Wangka. In 1996 his sister wrote a newspaper article claiming the family's ancestry was Irish and African American and not Indigenous. Due to the public controversy, he left Australia in 2001 and moved to Nepal. He died on January 20, 2019 at the age of 80.

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