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Stone Axe Of Burkamukk

Mary Grant Bruce (1878-1958)

1. Foreword
2. The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter I
3. The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter II
4. The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter III
5. Waung the Crow - Chapter I
6. Waung the Crow - Chapter II
7. The Emu Who Would Dance
8. Booran, the Pelican - Chapter I
9. Booran, the Pelican - Chapter II
10. The Story Of the Stars
11. How Light Came
12. The Frog That Laughed
13. The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter I
14. The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter II
15. The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter III
16. Mirran and Warreen
17. The Daughters of Wonkawala - Part 1
18. The Daughters of Wonkawala - Part 2
19. The Burning Of the Crows
20. Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter I
21. Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter II
22. Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter III
23. Wurip, the Fire-Bringer - Chapter I
24. Wurip, the Fire-Bringer, Chapter II
25. Wurip, the Fire-Bringer, Chapter III

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Summary

Mary Grant Bruce was an Australian children's writer who spent one year collecting Aboriginal stories in Gippsland - a part of Victoria which it is thought had a dense population of the early Australians. Sadly, now there are no tribal people living, though their descendants are still around. This book contains 13 stories of the Gunaikurnai people, as told by their elders to the author. From the preface: Year by year the old black tribes are dying out, and many of their legends and beliefs are dying with them. These legends deal with the world as the blacks knew it; with the Bush animals and birds; the powers of storm, flood, fire, thunder, and magic, and the beings who they thought controlled these powers; with the sun, moon and stars; and with the life and death of men and women. The folktales of a people are the story of its soul, and it would be a pity if the native races of our country were to vanish altogether before we had collected enough of their legends to let their successors know what manner of people lived in Australia for thousands of years before the white man came. (From the Preface by Mary Grant Bruce with a little help from annise)