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Aboriginal Men of High Degree Book: A.P. Elkin ISBN 0-89281-421-7 This book was first released in 1945. It is an exhaustive survey of the various practices and initiations of the Aboriginal Shamans or "Clever Men". After 200 Years Photographic Essays of Aboriginal and Islander Australia Today Edited by Penny Taylor This collection was prepared in Australia's BiCentennial year of 1988 for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies. It uses over 500 photographs accompanied by text to show Aborigines as they live today. A very powerful book which is highly recommended. Australia a Natural History Book : Howard Ensign Evans and Mary Alice Evans "Most aboriginal singing was unaccompanied, except by clapping of hands or sticks. In parts of N. Australia, however, there were also simple drums and a special instrument called the "Didjeridu"...We have a didjeridu and prize it, although we cannot play it." Australian Aboriginal Paintings Book by Jennifer Isaacs A collection of traditional paintings which document styles from two regions of Australia : The Western Desert and Arnhem Land. Photographs of many of the artists appear with their work and most of the art work is documented with interpretive comments from the artist themselves. Very highly recommended. Australian Aboriginal Portraits Book by Charles P. Mountford A book of portraits of Aboriginals with accompanying text. Australian Mother and Baby Animals Book by Carol and Vincent Servently Contains interesting photos and text covering Australia's mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, marine creatures and insects. Australian Tea Tree Oil Guide Book by Cynthia B. Olsen Contains information on history, harvesting methods, clinical research and testimonials for Melaleuca alternafolia. Crystal Woman The Sisters of the Dreamtime Book by Lynn V. Andrews From the Dreamtime Book by Jean A Ellis Fine collection of Dreamtime Stories which are excellent for reading while listening to the Didgeridoo. I, The Aboriginal Book : Douglas Lockwood Biography of Waipuldanya (Philip Roberts) of the Alawa Tribe in the Roper River area of the Northern Territory. Letters from a Wild State Book by James Cowan Series of letters exploring the profound and ancient relationship between the Australian Aborigine and the natural world. Mutant Message Book Author : Marlo Morgan Illustrated by Carri Garrison Only one reference to the Didgeridoo (She uses the spelling Didjeridu) which I can recall, but it does give an account of the making of the instrument. My Place Book by Sally Morgan A personal and family history which won the Australian Human Rights and Equal opportunity Commission's 1987 literary award. Ms. Morgan recounts her childhood in Australia and her discovery of her families Aboriginal roots. An excellent and moving book. Mysteries of the Dream-Time The Spiritual Life of Australian Aborigines. Book by James Cowan. Excellent insight into the spiritual journey. Outback Book by Thomas Keneally Looks at historic and modern outback regions of Australia. Discuses both Aborinal and white peoples with some interesting biographies. The book is well illustrated and inclues some nice portraits of the people discussed in the text. People of the Dreamtime - The Australian Aborigines Photo essay by Douglas Baglin and David Moore The first edition of this book was published in 1970. It contains over 200 photographs. The text is by David Moore who was curator for the Australian Museum in Sydney. Essays on the Dreamtime, Aboriginal history, Discrimination and the prospects for the future comprise the bulk of the text. Shamanism - Archaic Techniques of Ectasy Mircea Eliade ISBN 0-691-09827-1 Study of Shamanism through out the world. Lot's of attention to the Australian Aborigines. Stradbroke Dreamtime Book Author Oodgeroo Nunukul Contains possibly the best example of an original story in the dreamtime tradition as Oodgeroo tells us how she came to be a writer. Not in an autobiographical sense, but in a metaphysical sense. Strongly recommended reading. The Aborigine Tradition Book by James G Cowan ISNB 1-85230-309-3 The introduction is truly wonderful. The Australian Aborigines Book : A.P. Elkin Probably the classic work. Elkin goes through every aspect of tribal life from birth to death. The Red Chief Book : Ion L. Idriess Story about a great warrior of the Gunn-e-darr tribe in the late 1700's. The book is now unfortunately out of print. The Speaking Land Book : Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt ISBN 0 14 01.2072 6 Anthology of almost 200 myths from different Aboriginal cultures. Wise Women of the Dreamtime ISBN : 0-89281-477-2 Book : Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers Collected by K. Langloh Parker Edited with commentary by Johanna Lambert Ms. Lambert has put together an excellent series of commentary on the works of Katie Langloh Parker. The treatises include tales of ancestral, animals, magical, and healing powers. The book also contains the most unusual spelling of didgeridoo I have seen : "Didjeereedu". Voices of the First Day Awaking in the Aboriginal Dreamtime Book Author : Robert Lawlor Exhaustive study of the Aboriginal Cosmology, History and Tribal Life. Proceeds from the sale of the book are given to the Denooch Aboriginal Healing Center which assists Aborigines to free themselves of addictions by using tribal healing methods.Not in Ed's list :
Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia, The
Aborginial and Torres Strait Islander history, society, and culture.
ed. David Horton
DIDGERIDOO Ritual Origins and playing techniques
"The Physics of Musical Instruments"
N.H. Fletcher and T. D. Rossing
There's all kind of fun stuff in there about all kinds of instruments, common and not so common.
Guan Lim (firstname.lastname@example.org) provided these references. 1) Jones, T. A. 1967. The didjeridu: some comparisons of its typology and musical functions with similar instruments throughout the world. Studies in Music (Western Australia) 1, 23-55. 2) Jones, T. A. 1965. The didjeridu of the Australian Aborigine: a unique development of a common musical instrument? Canon 17, 4. 3) Moyle, A. M. 1967. Bara and Mamariga songs on Groote Eylandt. Canon 17, 15-24.