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Dreamtime: Aboriginal Stories

Noonuccal, Oodgeroo; Bancroft, Bronwyn

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ISBN 10: 0688132960 / ISBN 13: 9780688132965
Published by Lothrop Lee & Shepard, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American edition hard cover with dust jacket, NF/NF copy. Crisp, tight, clean and unmarked copy. No dust jacket. A collection of 27 Aboriginal stories, beautifully illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft. 96pp. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 22719

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Title: Dreamtime: Aboriginal Stories

Publisher: Lothrop Lee & Shepard, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Bancroft, Bronwyn

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First American Edition.

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Australia's most famous Aboriginal writer offers reminiscences of her childhood on Stradboke Island off the Queensland coast, communicating her pride in her heritage, and presents a collection of traditional Aboriginal folklore.

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Published in 1993 in Australia as Stradbroke Dreamtime, these 27 stories by an honored Aboriginal writer are divided into ``Stories from Stradbroke,'' memoirs of the author's childhood in the 1920s and '30s on Stradbroke Island off the Queensland coast, and ``Stories from the Old and New Dreamtime,'' Aborigine myths and new stories told in traditional styles (it is not always possible to tell which are which). The ``Stories from Stradbroke'' are most memorable: the taboo shooting of a kookaburra, how a dog caught a shark, left-handed Oodgeroo's miseries in school, the immense pet carpet snake that preyed on Mother's chickens and was even found once in the baby's crib. Aborigine beliefs and values (respect for the earth and its creatures, collective responsibility for the individual) are apparent in the stories, as are discrimination against Aborigines and a strongly male-dominated social order. Half of the ``Dreamtime'' stories are pourquois tales, most of them relating to trees and other plants. There are also creation myths and a lyrical account of how Oodgeroo reclaimed her tribal heritage by writing its stories. Bancroft is an Aboriginal painter and textile designer who combines the conventions of traditional Aboriginal art (humans and animals shown as outlined silhouettes, backgrounds filled with patterns of lines, circles, or dots) with a lushly contemporary palette (aqua, lime, coral, lavender, and peach). Verbally and visually, a rich experience. (Autobiography/Folklore. 8+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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