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Title Something about emus : indigenous knowledge of emus from western Arnhem Land / editor Murray Garde.
Imprint Canberra, ACT : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2017.

Subject Emus -- Folklore.
Emus -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Ethnoscience -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Ethnoecology -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Aboriginal Australians -- Environmental aspects.
Traditional ecological knowledge -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Anthropological linguistics -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Human-animal relationships -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Dreamtime (Aboriginal Australian mythology) -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Mythology, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Arnhem Land (N.T.)
Alt Name Garde, Murray,
Description 1 online resource : illustrations
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Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 22, 2017)
"Ngaleh ngurrurdu ngalrongmiken : dabborrabbolk Kabirriyolyoome ngurrurduken. [Emu, the bush taveller -- the old people talka about emus]."
Summary 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 publication, 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.
Note Parallel text in English and Bininj Gunwok language.
Contents Chapter 2 Jack Nawilil and Jimmy Kalarriya talk about emus at Bolkdjam OutstationNames, social classification of emus, emu clans and sites of significance -- Where they go and what they eat -- Predators -- Emu movements -- Reproduction -- Diet -- More on movements -- Preparing and cooking emus -- Dividing the meat -- Burning country: fire and emus -- Emu population change -- Emus and fruit gathering -- Emu gender -- Chapter 3 Mick Kubarkku and family from Yikarrakkal talk about emus -- Predators -- Nesting and hatching the chicks -- Diet -- Emu scats
Contents -- List of Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Reading and writing Bininj Kunwok words -- A guide to pronunciation -- Vowels -- Diphthongs -- Consonants -- Long stops and short stops -- Hyphens -- PART I: Talking about emus -- Chapter 1 Bininj Elder Jimmy Kalarriya talks about emus with Peter Biless Nabarlambarl and Don Nakad -- Where do we find her, the emu? -- Emus and water -- Emuâ#x80;#x99;s predators -- What emus do during the day -- Reproduction -- Emu nesting -- Hunting emus -- Emus and fire
Chapter 4 Jack Djandjomerr and Josie Maralngurra talk about emus at Kabulwarnamyo OutstationEmu diet -- food and water -- Gender and reproduction -- More on emu diet -- Emus and fire -- Hunting emus -- Chapter 5 George Djandjomerr talks about emus at Manabudduma -- Emu and her names -- Habitat -- Predators -- Emu gender -- Emu movements -- The emus near Marlkawo -- diet, fire, vocalisations -- Emus, fire and hunting -- Cooking emus -- Chapter 6 Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek and Mary Kolkiwarra talk about emus at Kabulwarnamyo Outstation -- Emu gender
HabitatEmus and water -- Emus and predators -- Emu movements -- Emu reproduction -- Emu eggs and cultural taboos -- Emu diet -- Emus and fire -- Hunting emus -- Life in the bush hunting emus and other animals -- PART II: Three greedy emu stories Nicholas Evans, with Toby Gangali and Jimmy Kalarriya Namarnyilk -- Introduction -- Toby Gangaliâ#x80;#x99;s version -- Commentary on Toby Gangaliâ#x80;#x99;s version -- Jimmy Kalarriyaâ#x80;#x99;s Kundedjnjenghmi version -- Dalabon version by Jack Chadum and Don Bunindjawa -- Conclusion -- References -- Acknowledgments
Part III: Cooking an emu in an underground oven at Mumeka Jon AltmanThe Photos: Ngabenbimmey â#x80;#x98;I took photos of themâ#x80;#x99; -- Notes from my field diary -- 21 November 1979 to 20 January 1980 -- From Field Notebook No. 3, 3 January 1980 to 14 March 1980 -- Some contemporary commentary -- Appendix 1 -- Collated by Wendy Telfer and Murray Garde: summary of information about emus -- Plants Eaten by Emus as Reported by Bininj in Western and Central Arnhem Land -- Appendix 2 -- Dalabon, anthropologists and the greedy emu story -- Appendix 3
ISBN 9781925302110 (electronic bk.)
1925302113 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 990337262

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