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Something about emus : Bininj stories from Western Arnhen Land = Ngaleh ngurrurdu ngalrongmiken : darrorrabbolk kabirriyolyolme ngurrurduken / edited by Murray Garde
Bib ID 7295616
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Description Canberra, ACT : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2017 
xxvii, 158 pages : chiefly colour illustrations, portraits, colour map ; 23 cm 
ISBN 9781922059154 (paperback)

The emu is an iconic Australian bird of significance to all Australians, but especially so to Indigenous Australians who have had a special relationship with this curious animal for thousands of years. In this bilingual, highly illustrated, full-colour publications something about emus reveals valuable ecological knowledge in a collection of essays by senior members of the Bininj Kunwok language group from Kakadu National Park and western Arnhem Land. Something about emus goes beyond biology and ecology to encompass other culturally important domains such as the visual and verbal arts, music, ritual and the relationships between humans and animals. Whilst Indigenous ecological knowledge is increasingly acknowledged as a valuable part of Australia's cultural heritage, such knowledge is most richly expressed in Australia's Indigenous languages which have largely remained inaccessible to those outside their communities.


"Emu, the bush traveller - the old people talk about emus".

Includes bibliographical references.

Texts in English and Bininj Kunwok.

Subjects Emus -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Ethnoscience -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Environmental aspects.  |  Traditional ecological knowledge -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Aboriginal languages -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Anthropological linguistics -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Human-animal relationships -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land.  |  Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku people (N65) (NT SD53-02)  |  Food - Meat - Birds - Emu.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Ecology.  |  Hunting - Birds - Emus.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Zoology.  |  Food - Preparation - Cooking - Meat.  |  Social organisation - Clans.  |  Language - Linguistics - Language elicitation - Translated.  |  Gundjeihmi / Kundjeymi language (N71) (NT SD53-01)  |  Gunwinyguan language family.  |  Gunwinggu / Gunwinygu / Kunwinjku language (N65) (NT SD53-02)  |  Animals - Birds - Emus.  |  Stories and motifs - Emu.  |  Dalabon / Dangbon language (N60) (NT SD53-02)  |  Momega / Mumeka (Central Arnhem Land SD53-02)  |  Yikarrakkal (Outstation, Central Arnhem Land NT SD53-02)  |  Manmoyi (Central Arnhem Land SD53-02)  |  Manabadurma / Manaburduma (Arnhem Land NT SD53-01)  |  Kabulwarnamyo (Central Arnhem Land SD53-02)  |  Bolkdjam (Central Arnhem Land NT SD53-02, SC53-14)  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Garde, Murray, 1962- editor
Copyright information © Murray Garde in the collection, 2016. © in individual chapters held by the contributors, 2016. 


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