Aboriginal story book, Gadi Mirrabooka, with 33 dreamtime stories retold by Pauline McLeod, June Barker, and Francis Firebrace. Edited by Helen McKay with articles on mythology, culture, legends. Contains illustrations including above colour plates. Published in hard cover format in the World Folklore Series 2001, by Libraries Unlimited division of Heinemann. Pages: xviii, 135p. + 8p. Insert Color plates, Size: 7×10 inch, Cloth, ISBN 1-56308-923-8
Take a journey into the fascinating world of Australia’s Aboriginal culture with this unique collection of 33 authentic, unaltered Australian Dreamtime indigenous stories, each story brought to you by an Aboriginal storyteller custodian.
Unlike other compilations of stories that were modified and published without permission from the Aboriginal people, each story is now presented with approval from Aboriginal elders in an effort to help foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Aboriginal people and Aboriginal stories of creation.
Australian Aboriginal stories contain many life lessons
useful in and out of school classrooms.
Gadi Mirrabooka, which means “below the Southern Cross,” introduces wonderful tales from the Dreamtime, the mystical period of Australian Aboriginal beginning.
Through these stories you can learn about customs and values, animal psychology, hunting and gathering skills, cultural norms, moral behavior, the spiritual belief system, survival skills, and food resources.
One of the most distinctive and absolutely compelling Australian Aboriginal story books, this collection is an immensely valuable treasure for educators, parents, children and adult readers. Grades K to Adult.
‘One of the most interesting and varied collections of Australian Aboriginal stories I have seen… The stories have the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, and offer a great variety in themes and levels of complexity.’
– Dr. Gwenda Beed Davey, co-editor of the Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore and Honorary Research Associate, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
‘At last we have a collection of Aboriginal tales we may use with the blessings of the elders. And such delightful stories! An amazing book and a great resource!’
– Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, an author, storyteller, and folklorist based in Kirkland, Washington, USA.