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Moon and rainbow : the autobiography of an Aboriginal / Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin). (1971)

Authors: Roughsey, Dick.
Publisher:Sydney : Reed,
  • There are 79 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 64 copies of this specific edition.
  • Roughsey, Dick.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • 168 p. : ill. (some col.), ports (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Author is Lardil man from Mornington Island; comments on conception beliefs, birth, food plants, camp life, Creation myth, myths on origin of death, Thuwathu the Rainbow Serpent, marriage rules, relations with Mission staff, hunting &​ fishing, stellar myths, dugong hunting, wild bee myth; initiation myth, describes initiation ceremony, subincision, secret Damin language; flood ceremony, 22 lines of rain stopping song (with free translation), story of Warrenby, sorcery and sorcerers, clay as medicine, love magic, moon legend, death &​ mourning, burial, inquest, spirit beliefs; relations with Bentinck Island (Kaiadilt) people, stories of early settlement of Sweers Island; work on cattle stations &​ as deckhand, encouragement to work on bark paintings; notes expeditions with P. Trezise to find rock paintings, Cooktown area; short glossary of Lardil words (c.19 terms)
  • Dick Roughsey was an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Lardil language group on Mornington Island in the south-eastern Gulf of Carpentaria Queensland. His tribal name was Goobalathaldin meaning 'the ocean dancing' describing a 'rough sea'. He was an active and prominent figure involved in reviving and preserving the cultural life of the Lardil people. His best known works are a series of children's picture books that retell traditional Aboriginal stories including "The Rainbow Serpent".
  • Maps as endpapers.
  • Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection
Other Form:
  • Online version Roughsey, Dick. Moon and rainbow. [Sydney] Reed [1971]
  • English
  • 0589006657
Dewey Number:
  • B
  • 301.4519910943
  • 927.59994
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 76013
  • 76013
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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