The Stone Axe Of Burkamukk

Mary Grant Bruce (1878 - 1958)

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)

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage Fiction, Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Foreword Availle
00:02:54
Play 01 The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter I Jacob Paul Starr
00:26:25
Play 02 The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter II Jacob Paul Starr
00:21:04
Play 03 The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter III Jacob Paul Starr
00:22:44
Play 04 Waung the Crow - Chapter I Jacob Paul Starr
00:14:22
Play 05 Waung the Crow - Chapter II Jacob Paul Starr
00:13:00
Play 06 The Emu Who Would Dance Mike Pelton
00:23:22
Play 07 Booran, the Pelican - Chapter I Mike Pelton
00:14:36
Play 08 Booran, the Pelican - Chapter II Mike Pelton
00:20:57
Play 09 The Story Of the Stars LukeDavidJohnson
00:07:27
Play 10 How Light Came April Walters
00:11:19
Play 11 The Frog That Laughed DaveMathews
00:24:53
Play 12 The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter I DaveMathews
00:10:48
Play 13 The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter II DaveMathews
00:09:51
Play 14 The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter III DaveMathews
00:10:31
Play 15 Mirran and Warreen Jacob Paul Starr
00:14:21
Play 16 The Daughters of Wonkawala - Part 1 Lynne T
00:26:23
Play 17 The Daughters of Wonkawala - Part 2 Lynne T
00:25:51
Play 18 The Burning Of the Crows MaryAnn
00:23:12
Play 19 Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter I Roohi
00:09:21
Play 20 Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter II Roohi
00:09:43
Play 21 Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter III Roohi
00:18:14
Play 22 Wurip, the Fire-Bringer - Chapter I Ted Delorme
00:18:03
Play 23 Wurip, the Fire-Bringer, Chapter II Ted Delorme
00:17:46
Play 24 Wurip, the Fire-Bringer, Chapter III Ted Delorme
00:19:33