Smith also included twenty-one other legends in the new publication, which some scholars, such as Mary-Anne Gale , suggest were also written by Unaipon.
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This way of fishing requires a great deal of knowledge, or to be more correct, mathematical knowledge. I am not attempting to claim that my race are mathematicians from the civilised standpoint.
But let us review them standing in their canoes … the speed at which it is travelling and the depth at which it is swimming has to be allowed for, and also the speed and depth of the fish at a distance of fifteen yards away, and the spear is thrown unerringly and strikes the fish pp.
Although Unaipon did not achieve fame as an author within his lifetime, he was widely celebrated as a scientist and inventor.
He took out provisional patents for nineteen separate inventions, including a centrifugal motor, a multi-radial wheel and a mechanical propulsion device. He was particularly attuned to the benefits of Indigenous knowledge, and in he designed something akin to a modern helicopter by studying the aerodynamic properties of the boomerang. But his most successful invention was his modified design for a sheep-shearing comb, which converted curvilineal motion into straight-line movement.
It was introduced in and remains the basis for modern handheld shears, although, as with much of his writing, Unaipon never received any financial credit. Such words reveal much about the way Unaipon engaged with colonialism.
It reflects his struggle to meet the demands of two cultures, which were often pulling him in different directions. As an Indigenous South Australian, he faced restrictions on what he could own, what he could eat and drink, and where he could go. It would watch some strange tiny objects wiggling in the water, then burst forth and take wing and fly out over the water and away to the reeds and rushes and then among the flowers that grew upon the bank. Oh, what a wonderful life to live, to go where you will and come back in your own approved time p. In an era of legislated racial hierarchies, Unaipon used Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines to appeal to a common humanity.
He drew upon his theological knowledge to reconcile the different cultures he moved between and he framed local legends in ways that would be familiar to his European audience. These literary devices served to validate the Aboriginal legends in the eyes of his European readers and to build bridges between the cultures.
These supernatural forces are not relegated to a distant past: they continue to interact with the modern world. European society has been absorbed into the existing cultural landscape. Like Unaipon himself, the legends move between cultures and across boundaries. By embedding the stories in the language and frameworks of classical and religious texts, Unaipon was making the case for the tribal laws and customs of his people to be recognised as part of the same literary canon. His book is a masterful celebration of Indigenous life and culture, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of a great Australian.
Harrap, Publisher MUP. Date of Publication Category Narrative History. Rage Of The Winter 4.
Forest Of Unicorns 5. Flames Of Revenge 6. Virgin Skies 7. Land Of Immortals 8.
Echoes Of Tragedy 9. Lord Of The Thunder Legendary Tales. Ira Tenax Male sit tibi tenebrarum rex ab initio ad finem sacra ultio cruenta pugna et epicus furor contra mali discipulos Ad perpetuam gloriam lucis furor ira tenax contra iniuriam et ruinam rabies ira tenax Male sit tibi tenebrarum rex cruentus rex [English translation:] May there be misery for you, king of darkness From the beginning to your holy end Cruel fights and epic fury Against disciples of darkness For the eternal glory of the light The everlasting furious rage Against injustice and ruin The eternal furious rage May there be misery for you, king of darkness Cruel king.
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