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Author Roughsey, Dick.

Title Moon and rainbow : the autobiography of an Aboriginal / Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin)
Published Sydney : Reed, 1971


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  759.994 Rou/Mar 1971  AVAILABLE
Description 168 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary Author is Lardil man from Mornington Island; comments on conception beliefs, birth, food plants, camp life, Creation myth, myths on origin of death, Thuwathu the Rainbow Serpent, marriage rules, relations with Mission staff, hunting & fishing, stellar myths, dugong hunting, wild bee myth; initiation myth, describes initiation ceremony, subincision, secret Damin language; flood ceremony, 22 lines of rain stopping song (with free translation), story of Warrenby, sorcery and sorcerers, clay as medicine, love magic, moon legend, death & mourning, burial, inquest, spirit beliefs; relations with Bentinck Island (Kaiadilt) people, stories of early settlement of Sweers Island; work on cattle stations & as deckhand, encouragement to work on bark paintings; notes expeditions with P. Trezise to find rock paintings, Cooktown area; short glossary of Lardil words (c.19 terms)
Dick Roughsey was an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Lardil language group on Mornington Island in the south-eastern Gulf of Carpentaria Queensland. His tribal name was Goobalathaldin meaning 'the ocean dancing' describing a 'rough sea'. He was an active and prominent figure involved in reviving and preserving the cultural life of the Lardil people. His best known works are a series of children's picture books that retell traditional Aboriginal stories including "The Rainbow Serpent"
Analysis Australia - aborigines
Roughsey, Dick
Notes Maps as endpapers
Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection
Subject Roughsey, Dick., 1924-1985
Roughsey, Dick.
Trezise, P. J. (Percy J.)
Daily life.
Initiation -- Subincision
Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.
Aboriginal Australians -- Employment -- Australia -- Queensland.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland -- Biography.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland -- Social life and customs.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland -- Mornington Island
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland.
Animals -- Invertebrates -- Insects -- Bees
Art -- Bark painting
Art, Australian -- Aboriginal artists -- Biography
Cooking -- Plants
Death -- Inquests
Death -- Mortuary / funeral ceremonies
Death -- Mourning
Etiquette -- Initiation
Food industry and trade -- Cooking -- Plants
Biography -- Indigenous -- Autobiographies
Hunting -- Dugong
Lardil (Australian people)
Manners and customs -- Initiation
Music -- Vocal
Occupations -- Pastoral industry workers
Painters -- Australia -- Biography.
Reproduction -- Childbirth
Reproduction -- Conception
Rites and ceremonies -- Initiation
Oceanic Ancestry Group.
Queensland. (Australian aborigines)
Queensland. (Oceanic Ancestry Group)
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 70889557
ISBN 0589006657