Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines
|Author:||David Unaipon; Stephen Muecke (Editor); Adam Shoemaker (Editor)|
"My race - the Aborigines of Australia - has a vast tradition of legends, myths, and folklore stories. These, which they delight in telling to the younger members of the tribe, have been handed down orally for thousands of years. In fact, all tribal laws and customs are, first of all, told to the children of the tribe in the form of stories, just as the white Australian mother first instructs her children with nursery stories. As a full blooded member of my race I think I may claim to be the first - but I hope, not the last - to produce an enduring record of our customs, beliefs, and imaginings. DAVID UNAIPON, 1924"