The Stone Axe Of Burkamukk


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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) (6 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Foreword 2:54 Read by Availle
The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter I 26:25 Read by Jacob Paul Starr
The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter II 21:04 Read by Jacob Paul Starr
The Stone Axe of Burkamukk - Chapter III 22:44 Read by Jacob Paul Starr
Waung the Crow - Chapter I 14:22 Read by Jacob Paul Starr
Waung the Crow - Chapter II 13:00 Read by Jacob Paul Starr
The Emu Who Would Dance 23:22 Read by Mike Pelton
Booran, the Pelican - Chapter I 14:36 Read by Mike Pelton
Booran, the Pelican - Chapter II 20:57 Read by Mike Pelton
The Story Of the Stars 7:27 Read by LukeDavidJohnson
How Light Came 11:19 Read by April Walters
The Frog That Laughed 24:53 Read by DaveMathews
The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter I 10:48 Read by DaveMathews
The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter II 9:51 Read by DaveMathews
The Maiden Who Found the Moon - Chapter III 10:31 Read by DaveMathews
Mirran and Warreen 14:21 Read by Jacob Paul Starr
The Daughters of Wonkawala - Part 1 26:23 Read by Lynne T
The Daughters of Wonkawala - Part 2 25:51 Read by Lynne T
The Burning Of the Crows 23:12 Read by MaryAnn
Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter I 9:21 Read by Roohi
Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter II 9:43 Read by Roohi
Kur-Bo-Roo, the Bear - Chapter III 18:14 Read by Roohi
Wurip, the Fire-Bringer - Chapter I 18:03 Read by Ted Delorme
Wurip, the Fire-Bringer, Chapter II 17:46 Read by Ted Delorme
Wurip, the Fire-Bringer, Chapter III 19:33 Read by Ted Delorme