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Old Woman Emu

Nganjmirra, Jill and Tideman, Sonia (2005). Old Woman Emu. Batchelor, N.T.: Batchelor Press.

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Title Old Woman Emu
Subtitle and other Kunwinjku stories
TItle (alternative) Kurddukadji
Author(s) Nganjmirra, Jill
Tideman, Sonia
Illustrator(s) McClelland, Joanne
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Language Kunwinjku
Place of Publication Batchelor, N.T.
Publisher Batchelor Press
Date Published 2005
ISBN 1 74131 026 1   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Community source Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)
Provenance Private collection
Description (note) The stories were collected by Sonia Tidemann, Associate Professor at Batchelor Insitute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and translated by Jill Nganjmirra, a fluent speaker and writer of Kunwinjku and a very senior woman who lives at Mamadawerre, east of Kunbarrllanja (Oenpelli) in Arnhem Land.
Type of Resource Text
Category Traditional
Abstract Stories handed down amongst Kunwinjku people from the dreamtime tell how a greedy old woman turned into an Emu; how the Long-necked turtle got his rounded shell and the Echidna his spines; destruction, healing and future safety for women; the sad events that led to the change of a man into the black crow; how different birds act as messengers; how two men turned into birds when they tried to chop down bamboo; the importance of Aboriginal law in the story of the Black Kite and how Demed Hill came to be.
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